Union votes no confidence with hospital board of trustees

September 21, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Union nurses have issued a vote of no confidence with the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Board of Trustees.

The vote comes after nurses agreed to a tentative contract with the Burlington hospital Wednesday. The contract includes a 16 percent pay increase over three years.

Union lead negotiator Molly Wallner told the board Thursday that they “refused to engage” during contract negotiations. She arrived with the union vice president who delivered a petition with 6,000 signatures in support of the no confidence vote.

The nurses were seeking a 22 percent raise during contract negotiations that began in March.

Union members will vote on the contract next week. The results will be released Sept. 28.

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