*+-GlobalFoundries acquires IBM, state wrestles with sagging tax receipts, FairPoint workers strike and EB-5 complaints were among the year’s top business and economy stories.
*+-Adjunct faculty at St. Michael’s College in Colchester voted 46 to 26 Monday to unionize with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). They join colleagues from Burlington and Champlain colleges, where a majority of adjunct professors voted on Nov. 24 to join SEIU. The national union’s Adjunct Action initiative aims to organize part-time faculty at […]
*+-A “discount membership” program affiliated with J.C. Penney Co. will pay the state and Vermont consumers $400,000 to settle claims the company improperly charged consumers for services they didn’t know they had signed up for. Texas-based Stonebridge Benefit Services Inc. sells discount membership programs through which consumers can claim discounts on various purchases, from cars […]
*+-A statewide strategic education plan is open for public comment until Dec. 4. The five-year plan describes how Vermont will help school boards improve student performance. A draft version was adopted by the State Board of Education at its Nov. 19 meeting. Since starting the process at a June 2014 retreat, the Board has discussed […]
*+-Adjunct professors at Burlington and Champlain colleges voted by wide margins on Monday to join Service Employees International Union. Their counterparts at Saint Michael’s College are expected to vote Dec. 1. Burlington College’s adjunct faculty voted 23 to 4 to unionize. The tally for Champlain College was 118 to 30. They were organized by the […]
*+-Vermont’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent in October, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Labor. The leveling follows four consecutive months of increases in the seasonally adjusted jobless rate. The U.S. average unemployment rate ticked down one-tenth of a point to 5.8 percent. Nationwide, Vermont tied with Kansas for […]