UVM nurses set July 12 date for strike

UVM nurses set July 12 date for strike

By Mike Faher, VTDigger University of Vermont Medical Center nurses say they will walk off the job for 48 hours starting at 7 a.m. July 12 if they cannot reach agreement on a new contract. Leaders of the 1,800-member nurses’ union gave notice of the pending strike on Monday. They contend hospital leaders have “stonewalled”… Read More »

Hundreds rally, Vermont joins protest of immigration policy

Hundreds rally, Vermont joins protest of immigration policy

By Mike Dougherty and Elizabeth Hewitt VTDIGGER.ORG Opposition to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy was on display in Montpelier this week as hundreds of protestors rallied on the Statehouse lawn. On Tuesday, following the Monday demonstration, Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan joined 16 other states in a federal lawsuit arguing that the policy… Read More »

Statehouse at standstill ahead of budget veto deadline

Statehouse at standstill ahead of budget veto deadline

By Colin Meyn and Xander Landen VTDIGGER.ORG In lieu of negotiating a deal to resolve an ongoing impasse, both lawmakers and the governor appear content to await the governor’s decision on a budget veto before considering further concessions or compromise proposals. Gov. Phil Scott repeated on Tuesday that he is poised to veto a budget… Read More »

Sexual harassment law goes into effect July 1

By Kelsey Neubauer VTDigger.org An anti-sexual harassment bill that takes effect July 1 will improve statewide sexual harassment reporting, ban policies that make it difficult for survivors to report misconduct, and kick-start an education campaign to foster safer internal reporting by victims inside companies. The goal of the law, passed as H.707, is to ensure workers… Read More »

Shelburne political newcomer challenges Sen. Bernie Sanders

Shelburne political newcomer challenges Sen. Bernie Sanders

Folasade Adelola, a Shelburne resident, is challenging Sen. Bernie Sanders for his congressional seat this fall. Sanders is registered as an Independent and a Democrat for the Vermont primary election. Adelola, 55, describes herself and her stances on policy as a “Clinton Democrat.” “I will push (Sanders) on issues,” Adelola said. She does not agree… Read More »

Scott pulls the plug on iconic Vermont Life magazine

Scott pulls the plug on iconic Vermont Life magazine

By Xander Landen VTDigger.org Vermont Life, the state’s signature regional magazine that in recent years has faced financial woes and racked up millions in debt, will shutter its doors in June. The Scott administration announced it will cease production of the 72-year-old state-owned publication after it reviewed the latest financial reports and learned that additional losses… Read More »

State Notes

Senate rejects Gov. Scott’s labor board nominee The Vermont Senate has rejected the controversial nomination of a retired utility executive to the state Labor Relations Board. Senators on Saturday refused to confirm Gov. Phil Scott’s nomination of Karen O’Neill, whom the governor had named to serve as a “neutral” member on the six-member labor relations… Read More »