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New AFSCME Home Care Local Born in Vermont

(First published by AFSCME.org)

Barre, Vt. – Dozens of Vermont home care providers recently launched their new union, AFSCME Vermont Homecare United Local 4802.

Nominees for the bargaining committee of new Local 4802 receive their local’s charter from AFSCME Council 93’s Mark Bernard (far right).

Nominees for the bargaining committee of new Local 4802 receive their local’s charter from AFSCME Council 93’s Mark Bernard (far right).

The founding meeting was the culmination of two years of organizing and hard work, including passage of state legislation recognizing the right of home care providers to join a union. AFSCME led the successful fight for the law signed in May. Local 4802 is the newest AFSCME local in a state where approximately one in every 100 Vermonters is an independent home care provider.

“It makes me feel good to be a part of something so big,” said Christine Connors, a provider from Winooski who attended the founding statewide meeting.

Since that day, home care providers moved quickly to build their union. AFSCME Vermont Homecare United won its union election in October in what was not only the largest organizing victory in the nation this year, but the largest organizing victory in Vermont state history.

The newly charted local is working quickly to elect its bargaining committee to negotiate its first contract.

“It was a good thing to get together and gather notes on what we should be looking for in the new contract,” said Lori Lovell, a provider from Goshen.

Mark Bernard, Council 93’s director of special projects, said, “It gave me goose bumps just being at the founding meeting.”  Bernard and Jim Howell, AFSCME’s Eastern regional director, presented nominees for the new local’s bargaining committee with the charter of AFSCME Local 4802. The local’s number, 4802, is a tribute to the small state’s only area code, 802.

Founding Statewide Meeting Launches New Local 4802!

On Saturday, November 16, 2013, AFSCME Vermont Homecare United was launched as a new AFSCME union local: Local 4802!

Our Founding Statewide Meeting kicks off the march toward a contract with the State of Vermont.

Our Founding Statewide Meeting kicks off the march toward a contract with the State of Vermont.

Important news about BARGAINING: Look for your ballot from AFSCME VT Homecare United

Check your mail over the next few days. You should get a ballot from AFSCME Vermont Homecare United.

Vote for your Bargaining Committee member(s) to represent you at the negotiating table with the State of Vermont. Ballots were mailed today, and the deadline to postmark your vote is Monday, November 18th.

Watch for this envelope in your mail. Return your vote by mail postmarked no later than Nov. 18th.

Watch for this envelope in your mail. Return your vote by mail postmarked no later than Nov. 18th.

If you prefer, you can vote on-site at the Founding Statewide Meeting on Saturday, November 16.

To see biographical sketches of Bargaining Committee candidates for your county, CLICK HERE.

To see more information about the Founding Statewide Meeting on November 16, CLICK HERE.

If you have not received your ballot by Friday, November 8th, please contact the AFSCME Vermont Homecare United office for a replacement. Call or email: 802-857-5985 or toll-free 866-388-9611, vthomecareunited@gmail.com

(NOTE: You will not get a ballot if you are in one of the six counties with uncontested races: Addison, Bennington, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle and Orleans.)

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

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.

 THE CONTRACT ACTION TEAM

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

REGION ONE

Chittenden: elects 4

Franklin: elects 2

Grand Isle: elects 1

Lamoille: elects 1

Washington: elects 2

REGION TWO

Caledonia: elects 1

Essex: elects 1

Orleans: elects1

REGION THREE

Addison: elects 1

Rutland: elects 2

 REGION FOUR

Orange: elects 1

Windsor: elects 1

REGION FIVE

Bennington: elects 1

Windham: elects 1

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

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