Last Thursday the hospital techs at Fletcher Allen voted 160 - 87 to join the nurses union, Vermont Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals, UPV-AFT Local 5221.
“We joined the VFNHP so that we can work with the nurses and the hospital to ensure respect for the employees and quality care for our patients.”
-Chris Gonyeau, a Respiratory Therapist at Fletcher Allen
Thank you to the hundreds of members of the community and other local unions who supported their right to organize by attending rallies and sending emails, faxes, and phone calls. Specials thanks to Rabbi Joshua Chasan, Rev. Gary Kowalski and Sentator Bernie Sanders for reaching out to Fletcher Allen's administration about not violating workers' right to organize. Congratulations to the all Techs who stuck together for a voice on their working conditions and better patient care. May your victory be a example to follow for more staff in the hospital and other facilities.
Fletcher Allen Contract and Union Election
On July 1st representatives of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (VFNHP), which represents RNs, LPNs and Technical Professionals at Fletcher Allen, and the administration will sign a new three year agreement between the nurses’ union and the hospital.
One of the key aspects of the negotiations is an agreement that respects Fletcher Allen employees' right to make an informed decision of whether or not to join a union. The agreement provides for a quick and fair secret ballot, conducted by the NLRB and contains specific rules of conduct for both parties.
On Thursday, June 25th, the first group of employees covered by the agreement voted to join the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Healthcare Professionals 160 to 87. Negotiations for the Technical Professionals will begin soon.
According to Chris Gonyeau, a Respiratory Therapist at Fletcher Allen, “We joined the VFNHP so that we can work with the nurses and the hospital to ensure respect for the employees and quality care for our patients.”
Local union President, Jennifer Henry explained, “We are pleased to settle this agreement which preserves the gains we have made for nurses and patient care. We welcome our new technical professional members and look forward to continuing our work with the hospital administration to provide the highest quality patient care.”
Other aspects of the agreement include a preservation of the wage scale and wage step increases for RNs and LPNs, reduced cost to insured employees when they use Fletcher Allen services, increases in the shift differentials, and a continued commitment to increasing quality patient care through the Model Unit Process.