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 managementContinue reading “Solidarity with the UVMMC Nurses”

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

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

“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 CouncilorsContinue reading ““City Councilors Want Livable Wage For Howard Center Employees””

AFSCME Workers Support Fairpoint Workers on the Picket Line!

Join us Thusdays as we bring solidarity to Fairpoint workers picketting in snow and cold! Next up: December 16th 3:30pm at 266 Main Str. The workers of AFSCME stand in solidarity with the workers on strike at Fairpoint in their prolonged struggle for just working conditions going into these winter months! More on the Fairpoint strike here.Continue reading “AFSCME Workers Support Fairpoint Workers on the Picket Line!”

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 aContinue reading “Where’s MY 3%?! Update and Lawsuit Summary:”