Solidarity with the UVMMC Nurses

This weekend Howard Center workers marched in solidarity with the UVMMC nurses, recognizing our shared workplace issues including safe staffing and wages that help to retain a reliable workforce. This morning the Howard Center Union negotiation team meets with management to discuss ground rules going into negotiations. We will be bringing the proposal to management […]

Survey Results for April 2018 are in.

What do the workers at Howard Center think are most important for the upcoming round of negotiations? Local 1674’s elected negotiating team have recently sent out a survey asking workers what they see as the most important issues in their workplace.  So far over 130 people have responded. Here are the results so far

Vermont People’s Convention & Just Transition Assembly // Convención del Pueblo en Vermont y Asamblea de Transición Justa

  The Vermont People’s Convention and Just Transition Assembly will bring hundreds of people together to imagine solutions and take action for fundamental, systemic change. Join us at Montpelier High School on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st! Political Education ~~ Youth Summit ~~ Kids’ Convention ~~ People of Color Caucus ~~ Art & […]

Crisis, Power, and Alternatives to Calling the police: Responders and Recipients of Crisis Care in our Neighborhoods

Please mark your calendars Thursday, April 28 at 7 PM  for an intentional public dialogue exploring the different models available to us for responding to crisis in our neighborhoods. We will hear from folks with experiences both responding and receiving from different models, look at questions of power, ableism and accessibility, and explore our shared […]

Informational Pickets

AFSCME 1674 held three Informational Pickets on April 2nd and April 9th to protest the lack of a Fair Contract and Livable Wages for all employees after One Year being at the Bargaining Table. Each picket hosting between 25-40 people, they sent a strong message of solidarity and support across different sectors of the agency […]

“City Councilors Want Livable Wage For Howard Center Employees”

Monday night December 15th, Progressive City Councilors brought the below Resolution to the table; supporting a livable wage, good working conditions, adequate state funding, and retention of employees as a priority for the Howard Center Agency in its important work in the city. The Resolution was met with both support and criticism from Democratic Councilors […]

Where’s MY 3%?! Update and Lawsuit Summary:

SUMMARY OF AFSCME LAWSUIT AGAINST THE HOWARDCENTER •    In May of 2013, the Vermont Legislature passed a law giving a 3% funding increase to Medicaid providers, including the HowardCenter.  The law required providers “to provide a commensurate increase in compensation for direct care workers.”  In other words, direct care workers were supposed to get a […]