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Nurses and Medical Center reach tentative agreement

UVMMC Nurses waving at cars at their

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

September 19, 2018

Updated 9/20/18 at 12:04 AM to include a statement from UVM Medical Center.  After months of bargaining, UVM Medical Center nurses and administration have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, according to a Sept. 20 press release. The Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professio...

VT Governor Candidate campaigns with celebrity

VT Governor Candidate campaigns with celebrity

Staff Report

September 19, 2018

Alek Fleury Democratic candidate for Vermont governor Christine Hallquist and actor Misha Collins discussed campaign issues in front of a crowd of students Wednesday in the Davis Center at a UVM College Democrats’ event. Hallquist made history as the first openly transgender candidate to win a major pa...

Student starts national petition

Student starts national petition

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

September 17, 2018

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

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

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

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

The mural in question,

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

August 14, 2018

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

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

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

UVMMC Nurses waving at cars at their

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

June 30, 2018

  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

Representatives from the nurses' union stand behind lead negotiator, Julie MacMillan as she announces a vote in favor of striking.

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

June 13, 2018

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

Cover of the fact finding report between UVM and UA.

Sawyer Loftus, Senior Staff Writer

June 3, 2018

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...

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