The Vermont Cynic

Student starts national petition

Student starts national petition

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

September 17, 2018


Filed under Headliners, News, Vermont

After a UVM sophomore reported her rape to University officials, she found a hole in UVM Policy allowing dismissed students to avoid disclosing past misconduct. Sophomore Syd Ovitt started a petition aimed at flagging students who attempt to transfer to a new college or university after being dismissed...

Nurses protest UVM Medical Center’s budget hearing

Nurses protest UVM Medical Center’s budget hearing

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

August 24, 2018


Filed under Headliners, News, Vermont

In the midst of ongoing contract negotiations between the UVM Medical Center and its nurses’ union, a hearing to confirm the medical center’s annual budget continued “business as usual” despite pleas from nurses. The union of just over 1,800 members called on the Green Mountain Care Board —...

Nurses’ Union leadership ask lead negotiator to resign

Nurses’ Union leadership ask lead negotiator to resign

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

August 24, 2018


Filed under News, Vermont

The lead negotiator for the UVM Medical Center nurses’ union has resigned after 8 months in the role. The negotiator, Julie MacMillan, announced her decision to resign on Facebook after several members of the union leadership team asked her to resign, according to the post. MacMillan, who is a n...

Nurses to picket UVMMC budget hearing

Nurses to picket UVMMC budget hearing

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

August 21, 2018


Filed under Headliners, News, Vermont

The Green Mountain Care Board will continue to approve the University of Vermont Medical Center’s annual budget as the UVMMC Nurses stage protest. The nurse’s union called on the board last week to delay approving the budget until a new contract could be ratified between nurses and the medical ...

Burlington City Council to decide fate of mural

Burlington City Council to decide fate of mural

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

August 14, 2018


Filed under Headliners, News, Vermont

The Burlington City Council has promised action following the approval of a report that called for the removal of a mural on Leahy Way by August 29, 2022. The report from the Mural Task Force recommends the "Everyone Loves a Parade" mural be removed and put up somewhere else inside Burlington among oth...

UVM students targeted in housing scam

UVM students targeted in housing scam

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

July 20, 2018


Filed under Crime Log, News, Vermont

UVM students and the greater Burlington area have been targeted in a string of recent rental scams. UVM Police posted an alert about the scam on their Facebook page Wednesday July 17 to UVM students and the community. Scammers have copied real property ads and replaced contact information in attempts...

Marijuana remains illegal on campus despite statewide legalization

Marijuana remains illegal on campus despite statewide legalization

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

July 18, 2018


Filed under Campus, Headliners, News, Vermont

Dennis, a pseudonym, describes himself as a “low-level” marijuana dealer on campus. A fan of marijuana, Dennis looks forward to legalization, but personally he doesn’t touch it after a bad experience with an edible, he said. At dinner, right before winter break, Dennis was hit with extreme anxiety...

UVM Medical Center nurses announce plans to strike

UVM Medical Center nurses announce plans to strike

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

June 30, 2018


Filed under Headliners, News, Vermont

  The UVM Medical Center nurses will issue a strike notice to the UVM Medical Center Monday morning. After a week of negotiations, the bargaining committee has voted to issue a strike notice, according to a June 30 Facebook post made by Stephanie Lusk, a member of the nurses’ bargain...

Nurses vote to strike

Nurses vote to strike

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

June 13, 2018


Filed under Campus, Headliners, News, Vermont

University of Vermont Medical Center nurses have voted in favor of a potential two day strike. The approval was announced at a June 13 press conference lead by negotiator Julie MacMillan. MacMillan represents the 1,800 member union, the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, in t...

Deal reached between United Academics and UVM

Deal reached between United Academics and UVM

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

June 3, 2018


Filed under News, Vermont

After 15 months of negotiations, UVM and faculty union United Academics announced that they have reached an agreement on new contracts. UA announced in a May 29 press release that the contract agreement had been approved by the union. The announcement came three weeks after both the University and...

No deal between nurses and UVM Medical Center

No deal between nurses and UVM Medical Center

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

June 3, 2018


Filed under Headliners, News, Vermont

After months of negotiations, lead negotiator Julie McMillan of the UVM Medical Center nurses’ union announced they had not yet reached a deal with UVM Medical Center. The announcement came at a June 1 community meeting outside the Medical Center that followed the last session of scheduled negotia...

Faculty union and University reach tentative agreement over contracts

Faculty union and University reach tentative agreement over contracts

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

May 22, 2018


Filed under Campus, News, Vermont

After nearly a year of negotiations,  UVM has announced it reached a tentative agreement on new contracts with the faculty union United Academics. UA has been in negotiations with the University since June 2017, according to an October 2017 Cynic article. It represents roughly 850 full-time and pa...

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