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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.

Faculty union calls for major increase in state funding for higher education

Sen. Phil Baruth, D-Chittenden, committed to health care legislation this session during an AFT Vermont meeting in Burlington on Monday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The American Federation of Teachers Vermont said that within 10 years the Legislature should fund more than half of the tuition costs at the University of Vermont and the state college system.

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.

Margolis: The politics of a union drive in which the members are the bosses

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.

The Vermont Early Educators United is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, which contributed both money and shoe-leather to Democratic campaigns in 2010.

Vermont Early Educators United-AFT to press case at the Statehouse on Tuesday

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).

Vermont GOP calls for Attorney General to investigate union bullying

“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.

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