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.
American Federation of Teachers
State holds first of two public hearing on proposed cuts in the FY 2016 budget. Social services up next on Oct. 28.
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 […]
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 […]
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.”
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
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.
Backers in the Senate say they have the votes but Shumlin administration has not budgeted for increased subsidies or negotiation costs.
A proposal that would give providers the right to unionize was voted out of Senate Education on Friday.
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 […]
An AFT official said the governor’s proposal to increase the child care subsidy was “the first victory” of the union organizing drive.
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.
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.