The members of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, the Nurse’s union at Fletcher Allen Health Care (FAHC), have a tentative agreement on our third contract. The agreement includes a free and fair process for organizing for the remainder of the employees at the hospital as well as improvements to wages, education and health insurance. This is a tremendous victory for the nurses, techs, all FAHC staff and for patient care. Big-time congratulations are in order for their tremendous hard work. Also big-time thank you's to the hundreds of individuals who signed petitions, sent faxes, made phone calls and demonstrated solidarity in this important effort.
THANK YOU MESSAGE from Jennifer Henry, RN and President, United Professions AFT Vermont in an email to the VWC:
The nurses were able to prevent significant changes proposed by FAHC administration because we believed the changes would have a negative effect on the safety and quality of care at Vermont’s largest hospital. The over 1700 members of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Healthcare Professionals want to thank their 50 member negotiating team for making the commitment to achieve the best contract. We would also like to thank the Vermont Worker’s Center for providing resources and support during our contract campaign. We appreciate the willingness of community, political and religious leaders to get involved and support our efforts to make FAHC the hospital patients can chose with confidence and the hospital employees will be proud to work. FAHC will grow and change, but we feel it is our role along with the members of our community, to ensure FAHC administration remembers that it is first and foremost our community hospital. It is the strength of our union and the support of the community that ensures patient care will remain the hospital’s top priority and that the FAHC administration will do internally what they say they value publically.
Thank you for your support!"