Vermont Educators Stand With UVM Nurses
Vermont Educators Stand In Solidarity With UVM Nurses
Vermont-NEA urges hospital, whose CEO earns nearly $2.2 million a year, to reach fair settlement with women and men who are on the front lines of patient care
MONTPELIER – The women and men who spend their days teaching Vermont’s children stand in solidarity with their sisters and brothers who put patient care first every day at UVM Medical Center.
The following statement can be attributed to Don Tinney, a high school English teacher who became Vermont-NEA president yesterday:
“For months, the women and men who are the first line of care for patients at Vermont’s largest hospital have been trying to reach an agreement that will stem the high turnover and staffing shortages brought about by years of non-competitive pay. At a time when the hospital’s CEO earns nearly $2.2 million a year, it is disgraceful that the members of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals aren’t even paid the same as others within the UVM Health Network.
“While we hope that the hospital will take today’s strike notice seriously enough to reach a fair settlement with their hard-working nurses and health professionals, make no mistake: we will be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our sisters and brothers if they must walk the picket lines.
“Like educators, nurses and health professionals put others first every day. We implore the hospital’s management to do right by them and work with them to make UVM Medical Center a better place to work.”