Sodexo sick days policy under scrutiny

Former Sodexo employee Michelle "Esther" Hasskamp testifies before the Senate Economic Development Committee about the company's sick-days policy, while Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan (background) listens. Photo by Hilary Niles

The food service giant’s policy that discourages workers from taking sick days raises concerns about labor practices — and public health.

Recap 2013: Education

Fifth-grade students Destiney and Brook (in the background) in Windy Kelley's classroom at Union Elementary School in Montpelier edit an online  book report blog. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

2013 was a benchmark year in education. Many of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s initiatives gained traction and the University of Vermont announced a suite of innovative programs.

Panel discussion and new report highlight benefit of Vermont clinical trials for patients, state economy

Working with Vermont research institutions, including the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, the nation’s biopharmaceutical research companies have conducted 566 clinical trials of new medicines since 1999, according to a new report released today and highlighted at a panel discussion in Burlington. According to the latest data from 2011, this activity also generated $267 million per year in economic activity in the state.

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.

In This State: In a derelict coal plant, two college kids fire up a new waterfront vision

Tad Cooke, left, and Erick Crockenberg, standing on the upper level of the derelict Moran power plant on Burlington's waterfront, talk about their innovative renovation proposal for the iconic building. The  plan by the two University of Vermont seniors has won highest marks in a competition to enhance the city's downtown.  Photo by Andrew Nemethy

Two University of Vermont seniors have hatched an audacious plan to redevelop the derelict Moran power plant on Lake Champlain, and now find themselves unexpectedly in the vanguard of efforts by Burlington to enhance its waterfront.

UVM students against the fracked gas pipeline

Amidst a growing chorus of opponents, a group of University of Vermont students called on the Vermont Public Service Board to side with the state’s largest environmental groups and a majority of public comments and deny a Certificate of Public Good for the proposed fracked gas pipeline through Addison County.

Green Mountain Power partners with UVM

GMP President and CEO Mary Powell announces the signing of a a memorandum of understanding to form a partnership between GMP and the University of Vermont, on Tuesday at the university's Aiken Center. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

UVM students will have the opportunity to intern, job-shadow or research renewable energy projects with GMP at its new $2.9 million Energy Innovation Center in Rutland. In exchange, GMP will help students eager to learn and enter the workforce.

Labor activists to deliver petition to Sodexo offices in support of UVM workers

News Release — United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America Nov. 22, 2013 Vermont Contact: Kelly Mangan, Organizer Vermont Fair Food Campaign, 802-324-6560, [email protected] Massachusetts Contact: Peter Knowlton, President Northeast Region – United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE), 774-264-0110, [email protected] On Tuesday, Vermont Sodexo employees will be receiving support from Massachusetts-based […]

Zakrzewska: Stressed kids apt to have unhealthy behaviors

Health statistics are alarming. Our kids are getting overweight, they use nicotine products, and they might be the first generation in the United States that will live shorter lives than their parents.

Vermont State Colleges won’t approve proposed Sodexo changes

The Vermont State Colleges has joined the University of Vermont in calling on food-service provider Sodexo to hold off on the implementation of changes in the way it classifies employees. In a letter to Sodexo issued Tuesday, VSC Chancellor Tim Donovan said the colleges could not approve Sodexo’s proposed changes in assessing the status of full-time […]

Students dissent for future of humanity

rally by students from the University of Vermont, under the banner of Student Climate Culture, culminated in a direct action in front of a concurrent Board of Trustees meeting.

A force of nature: Hub Vogelmann

Hubert "Hub" Vogelmann, a longtime professor of botany at UVM and a leader in conservation efforts in Vermont, died Oct. 11, 2013, at the age of 84.

A remembrance of the career of seminal UVM conservationist and acid-rain detective

Frustrated students confront UVM’s investing process

Members of the student activist group Student Climate Culture, along with allies from VSTEP, Students Stand Up, protested the lack of student voice on the issue of fossil fuel divestment at the University of Vermont.

UVM, Vermont Law School to partner on law degree

The Vermont Law School campus in South Royalton. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Plan would allow students to earn undergraduate degree in three years, law degree in two.

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