Posts Tagged ‘Vermont’

Sep
2015
10

State Auditor: VT Misclassification Task Force Has Met TWICE Since 2012

State Auditor: VT Misclassification Task Force Has Met TWICE Since 2012
  In Vermont, a scathing new report from State Auditor Doug Hoffer shows that state agencies are not doing enough to fight employee misclassification despite legislation and task forces aimed at combatting the problem.  The report reveals that state laws are not being properly enforced, subcontractors are not being vetted to ensure they have…
Mar
2014
28

Community Support of Striking VT Teamsters Results in Rejection of Binding Arbitration

Community Support of Striking VT Teamsters Results in Rejection of Binding Arbitration
  The Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) strike is wrapping up its second week and the Burlington community its bus drivers serve is increasingly siding with the workers, who are Teamsters.  At a meeting of the Burlington City Council on Wednesday the supporters filled the stairwells of the building, chanting, “Get up, get…
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Mar
2014
28

VT Republicans Using Procedural Gamesmanship to Delay Wage Protections for Construction Workers

  In Vermont, a bill that would align state prevailing wage rates with federal standards laid out in the Davis-Bacon Act was subject to a last minute procedural maneuver that will send it to the House Appropriations Committee, delaying its progress.  The bill, H.878, has the backing of the Democratic caucus as well as the [&hellip…;
Mar
2014
19

Striking VT Teamsters Fend Off Binding Arbitration, Enjoy Support of Local Community, Gov’t

Striking VT Teamsters Fend Off Binding Arbitration, Enjoy Support of Local Community, Gov't
  In Burlington, Vermont nearly 70 bus drivers have gone on strike hoping to receive a fair contract from management.  The drivers are represented by Teamsters Local 597 and work for the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA).  Chittenden County is Vermont’s most populated county. As we wrote earlier this month, drivers voted…
Mar
2014
5

Vermont Bus Drivers, Enduring Partial Pay and 12-Hour Days for Months, Authorize Strike

  Teamsters bus drivers in Vermont have voted to strike against unsafe work conditions, surveillance, and scheduling.  An overwhelming 53-4 vote means a walkout planned for March 10th will forge ahead unless new offers are made.   At the heart of the matter are long work days which often have bus drivers on duty for [&hellip…;
Jan
2014
10

Bill to Allow Unionization of Vermont Child Care Workers Moves Through Committee

Bill to Allow Unionization of Vermont Child Care Workers Moves Through Committee
  On the first day of the new legislative session in Vermont, the Senate Education Committee approved a proposal which would allow child care workers to unionize.  The proposal will now await a vote from the Senate appropriations committee.   The bill is similar to an effort put forth by the Senate in 2011 which [&hellip…;
May
2013
29

Bernie Sanders: If There’s a Worker Shortage Crisis, “Why Haven’t Wages Gone Up?”

Bernie Sanders: If There's a Worker Shortage Crisis,
  In a recent interview with Dylan Matthews of The Washington Post, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (D) described attempts for comprehensive immigration reform as “a massive effort to attract cheap labor.”  The immigration supporter takes exception to amendments offered by Senator Orrin Hatch that would alter guest worker program guidelines….