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JOIN US! AFSCME VT Homecare United’s Founding Statewide Meeting Nov. 16

Join us segment

AFSCME Vermont Homecare United will launch the new union local at a Founding Statewide Meeting on Saturday, November 16 at the Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite St, Barre, from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

SAVE THIS DATE: Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 10 AM – 5 PM

Y’ALL COME: Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite St. Barre, VT

This is your chance to meet and speak with your Bargaining Committee nominees and VOTE on-site for Bargaining Committee nominees if you live in a county with a contested election. Ballots will be mailed on November 4th, so you can still mail-in your ballot if you can’t come to this meeting. If you are mailing in your vote, ballots must be postmarked no later than Monday, November 18th.

Vote on site segment

Meet homecare providers from across the state, listen to local speakers, ask questions and share your stories and wisdom.

There will be plenty of information about building our new union local and opportunities to ask questions. Lunch will be provided.

To see the bargaining committee nominee(s) in your county, CLICK HERE.

Contact the AFSCME Vermont Homecare United office to RSVP, or if you have questions: 802-857-5985, or toll-free 866-388-9611.

VOTE for YOUR Bargaining Committee


UPDATE! Nominations are coming in. CLICK HERE to see the Bargaining Committee nominees in your county.

Watch for ballots in your mail after NOVEMBER 4, 2013.   

Congratulations! You are the winner of the homecare union you fought so hard to organize. The results of the vote count by the Vermont Labor Relations Board showed overwhelming support for AFSCME Vermont Homecare United.

Now, for the first time, Vermont providers will have a unified voice to bargain for increased wages, benefits, and advocate for better funding of our programs.  But there is still work to be done

READY! SET! Let’s GO to the next step:
VOTING for the Bargaining Committee that will negotiate our contract!

CLICK HERE to see AFSCME Vermont Homecare United’s nominations for the Bargaining Committee to be elected by independent homecare providers like us. Bargaining Committee members will be elected by us to negotiate our contract with the State of Vermont.


The Bargaining Committee will be made up of 20 elected homecare providers. Each county will elect representatives to the Committee. Each elected Bargaining Committee member will represent about 500 homecare providers in their county. Once elected, Bargaining Committee members will be trained in contract negotiation.


There are other ways to support the contract negotiation process without running for the Bargaining Committee. Contract Action Team members will contact and communicate with providers in your area to keep them updated on contract negotiations.

Bargaining representation by COUNTIES & REGIONS


Chittenden: elects 4

Franklin: elects 2

Grand Isle: elects 1

Lamoille: elects 1

Washington: elects 2


Caledonia: elects 1

Essex: elects 1

Orleans: elects1


Addison: elects 1

Rutland: elects 2


Orange: elects 1

Windsor: elects 1


Bennington: elects 1

Windham: elects 1

* Election winners will be on the Bargaining Committee and 2nd place winners will act as alternates.

Vermont homecare providers vote for AFSCME, win largest union election in state history

It’s a big win for a small state. After two years of organizing, independent homecare providers in Vermont voted overwhelmingly in favor of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Vermont Homecare United to represent them in collective bargaining with the State of Vermont. With nearly 7,500 eligible voters (about one in every 100 Vermonters), it is the largest union vote and organizing win in the state’s history. In fact, it is the largest organizing win in the nation in 2013.

The Vermont Labor Relations Board (VLRB) announced the results today to an enthusiastic group of homecare providers who gathered in Montpelier to witness the vote count.

“I’m so excited! It makes the hard work worthwhile. I walked through ice and snow to talk with other homecare providers like me because I want AFSCME Vermont Homecare United behind us to improve our jobs so we can give the best to those we care for,” said homecare provider Janelle Blake. “Now we can building our union and get our contract.”

Homecare providers supporting AFSCME helped lead the successful fight for Vermont state legislation allowing homecare providers to organize.  AFSCME supporters gave testimony, attended committee hearings, legislative debates and advocacy events with disability groups to get the bill across the finish line. Act 48 relating to independent direct support providers was signed into law May 24, 2013.

Happy homecare providers at the Vermont Labor Relations Board after hearing the good news: AFSCME Vermont Homecare United is their union!

Happy homecare providers at the Vermont Labor Relations Board after hearing the good news: AFSCME Vermont Homecare United is their union!

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