Archive for January, 2014

Regional Informational Meetings Continue Through the Month of February

AFSCME Council 93 homecare workers are encouraged to take some time to attend one of the upcoming informational meetings listed below. The meetings provide workers with an opportunity to ask questions, get updates on the status of contract negotiations, and meet fellow providers and bargaining committee members.

The following is a list of February area meetings:

Friday, February 7 – Cobleigh Public Library, 14 Depot St., Lyndonville, 4:00-5:00 PM
Saturday, February 8 – Catamount Arts Center, 115 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury, 3:00-4:00 PM

Please see meetings in surrounding counties.

Friday, January 31 – East Orange Senior Center, 176 Waits River Rd., Bradford, 2:00-3:00 PM
Saturday, February 1 – Kimball Public Library, 67 N. Main St., Randolph, 1:00-2:00 PM

Saturday, February 15 – Fletcher Library, 88 Main St., Ludlow, 11:30-12:30 PM
Saturday, February 15 – Schulz Library, 46 S. Main St., White River Junction, 2:00-3:00 PM

Please RSVP for the meeting in your area by calling 802-857-5985 or toll free at toll-free 866-388-9611. If you were unable to attend a meeting in your area during the past month and don’t see an upcoming meeting near you, please give us a call.

Homecare contract negotiations begin with the State of Vermont

Great news, your bargaining team began formal negotiations with the State on December 23, 2013. This was a historic meeting as it was the first time the State of Vermont has ever had formal negotiations with homecare providers!

We began laying the groundwork for the negotiations ahead of us including setting several dates in January, developing ground rules for bargaining and discussing compensation for fiscal year 2015. The union laid out our priorities as did the State. While we are excited to have our first meeting out of the way, we know that the battle has just begun.

Please watch your mail for a list of meetings in your area so we can make sure your voice is heard at the table. We encourage you to come to meetings in your area to meet your bargaining team and make your concerns known. Contact our office during regular business hours (802-857-5985) if you have any questions or if you would like to have your local bargaining committee member contact you.

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