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Anti-union child care workers beat out AFT in union vote

Child care workers testified in force at a Statehouse public hearing on Wednesday evening. Those in red represented the Vermont Workers Center, while those in blue supported the legislation, and those in white opposed it. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

An anti-labor group, Vermonters for the Independence of Childcare Providers, rallied childcare providers against the unionization effort, and the AFT lost a bid to unionize childcare workers in Vermont by 40 votes.

Colleges, business groups lobby against budget cuts

Castleton State College

State holds first of two public hearing on proposed cuts in the FY 2016 budget. Social services up next on Oct. 28.

Teachers union lists endorsements

The Vermont chapter of the American Federation of Teachers has published a list of candidate endorsements, covering statewide offices as well as state House and Senate seats. Delegates finalized their slate of preferred politicians at a biennial convention Saturday, where health care played a prominent role with unanimous adoption of a resolution supporting universal health […]

Home child care providers file for union election

Children play at the Turtle Island Children's Center in Montpelier. Photo by Alicia Freese

A group of home-based child care providers who serve families receiving government child care subsidies this week moved one step closer to unionizing, the American Federation of Teachers announced Friday. A majority of the providers asked the state’s Labor Relations Board to begin the process of certifying the union, according to the AFT. For that […]

Child care providers poised to bargain with state over subsidies

Gov. Peter Shumlin interacts with children at Montpelier's Family Center, a center for early child-care education. VTD Photo/Nat Rudarakanchana

Shumlin told a small group of supporters that the bill gives “a voice to the hardworking people, mostly women, who are out there every day, doing the work, giving kids the strong start they deserve.”

Majority whip of Vermont House steps down to take job with single payer advocacy group

Tess Taylor, Cary Brown and Gov. Peter Shumlin at a press conference on March 10, 2014.

Taylor told the Democratic caucus that she would be leaving her seat and her post in the leadership immediately.

American Federation of Teachers, Vermont-NEA pour money into campaign for universal health care in Vermont

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The American Federation of Teachers gave $100,000 to a newly formed issue advocacy group, Vermont Coalition for Universal Reform, adding to the $80,000 given by the NEA.

Will this be the year for child-care unionization legislation?


Backers in the Senate say they have the votes but Shumlin administration has not budgeted for increased subsidies or negotiation costs.

Childcare union activists try one more time

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A proposal that would give providers the right to unionize was voted out of Senate Education on Friday.

Union petitions Doyle to reconsider child care vote

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 […]

Margolis: Greased skids don’t always lead to easy passage

Sen. Bill Doyle in the Statehouse. Photo by Kate Robinson

An AFT official said the governor’s proposal to increase the child care subsidy was “the first victory” of the union organizing drive.

Child care workers testify for and against unionization

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The debate over allowing child-care workers the right to unionize is not new at the Statehouse, with active lobbying under way for the past three years.

Child-care unionization legislation will get another shot in the Vermont Senate

Amy Ligay, executive director of the Children's Early Learning Center, stands with Sen. Peter Shumlin in 2010. Ligay, a member of the American Federation of Teachers, said childcare workers would campaign for Shumlin.

If the Green Room approves the measure, it will likely be enacted as the Vermont House approved a similar bill in 2011, and it has Gov. Peter Shumlin’s endorsement.

Dumont: Unionizing child care hinders development

The AFT is again out in full force to try and persuade our legislators to unionize private home child-care businesses.

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