UVM hospital says strike won’t disrupt most patient services

UVM hospital says strike won’t disrupt most patient services

By Mike Faher VTDigger.org University of Vermont Medical Center leaders say they have a “comprehensive plan” that will keep most hospital services unaffected if unionized nurses go on a 48-hour strike starting today. The hospital has made some concessions for a work stoppage: Administrators say they’ve postponed 68 elective surgeries that had been scheduled for today and… Read More »

When tipsters call ICE, the phone rings in Vermont

When tipsters call ICE, the phone rings in Vermont

By Elizabeth Hewitt VTDigger.org The tipster called in to report his ex-girlfriend. For years, the man had known the woman was in the country without proper documentation. But the relationship had recently ended, and he decided to alert federal immigration authorities that his ex had overstayed a visa, and now was living and working in… Read More »

West Nile virus found in Springfield mosquitos

The Vermont Department of Health announced last week that five mosquito pools collected in Springfield tested positive for West Nile virus at the department’s laboratory. A pool is a group of up to 50 mosquitos of the same species; these are the first pools to test positive in the 2018 surveillance season. The infected mosquitoes… Read More »

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 »

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