Vermont State Colleges Professional Employees Vote For Union

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Vermont State Colleges Professional Employees Vote For Union

Tue, 04/23/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

Vermont State Colleges (VSC) professional employees voted to unionize with the American Federation of Teachers' Vermont affiliate,
United Professions of Vermont (UPV).
In two elections administered by the Vermont Labor Relations Board, a majority of employees who voted, voted to be represented by the United
Professions of Vermont/AFT. In a 75 to 28 vote the Professional, Administrative, and Technical employees voted in favor of unionization and
in a 30 to 14 vote the Supervisory employees voted for the union. The election took place at the four campus based State Colleges: Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, Vermont Technical College, and Castleton State College.
United Professions of Vermont/AFT already represents all the full-time and part-time faculty at the Vermont State Colleges.
United Professions of Vermont/AFT has been working with the VSC white collar workers for well over 18 months as they have sought to organize for improved compensation, protections against benefit cuts, and for a voice in the decision making process.
United Professions of Vermont/AFT petitioned the Vermont Labor Relations Board for representation in May of 2001 and went through a lengthy hearing
process before the Board to resolve unit disputes between the employer and the union.
Today's election at the Vermont State Colleges comes one year after United Professions of Vermont/AFT successfully organized the entire full-time faculty at the University of Vermont. In addition to representing over 1700 higher education professionals in Vermont, United Professions of Vermont/AFT also the registered nurses at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, and the teachers and staff at Mill River High School.