Backers in the Senate say they have the votes but Shumlin administration has not budgeted for increased subsidies or negotiation costs.
American Federation of Teachers
In a petition posted online late Tuesday afternoon, Vermont Early Educators United AFT, representing child-care workers and small business owners, urged Sen. Bill Doyle to reconsider his unexpected vote last week, which effectively killed unionization legislation. The open letter to Doyle, a Washington County Republican, reads: “We trusted you to do the right thing for […]
The AFT is again out in full force to try and persuade our legislators to unionize private home child-care businesses.
At the press conference, early childhood educators will address the results of a poll conducted by Hart Research Associates that found that by a margin of 26 percentage points, Vermont voters favor allowing early childhood educators to engage in collective bargaining with the state (58% favorable, 32% unfavorable, 10% unsure).
“This type of behavior is reprehensible, and has no place in the Vermont State House. Bullying and intimidating lawmakers as they consider bills is not the Vermont Way, and all Vermonters should be shocked and appalled at the actions of this special interest group.