Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO endorses AFSCME as union prepares for election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

CONTACT:
Karen Conner, AFSCME Vermont Homecare United
802-857-5985, kconner@afscme.org

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) received an endorsement today by the Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO as the union “to represent all independent homecare providers in Vermont.”

In the lead up to the Direct Support Provider Bill, known as the homecare bill, becoming law, AFSCME’s Vermont Homecare United is proud to be joined by the 9,500 workers represented by the Vermont State Labor Council.

“We are grateful for this generous show of solidarity from other Vermont unions,” said Heather Boyd, a homecare worker from Shelburne. “We’ve been working with AFSCME’s Vermont Homecare United for three years to get the right to form a union. Now that we have it, we’ll need this support as we move toward our union election.”

“With over 60 years of experience representing thousands of workers across our state, the Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is proud to endorse AFSCME as the union to best represent our state’s homecare providers. AFSCME already represents thousands of workers across Vermont with nine locals across the state,” said Ben Johnson, President of the Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

The full text of the document can be found here.

AFSCME’s Vermont Homecare United is made up of independent caregivers providing in-home services to Vermont’s elderly and people with disabilities. Homecare providers are coming together to ensure that homecare services are adequately funded, that providers are paid for the hours they work and that changes to this state’s policies reflect the dignity and respect deserved by those who receive home care services and those who provide them.

Nationally, AFSCME represents homecare workers in California, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New York and Pennsylvania.

AFSCME is working with Vermont caregivers to ensure that homecare services are adequately funded and that personal care attendants are paid for the hours they work. Follow us Facebook Twiter RSS