THIS Is What Happens When Unions Collaborate with Worker Centers

October 16, 2013

In a historic victory for working people, earlier this month more than 7,000 Vermont home care workers voted to join Vermont Home Care United, part of AFSCME. This is both the largest union organizing victory in Vermont history and the largest national organizing win in 2013. These workers won bargaining rights with the state government through an innovative community-labor campaign and can now negotiate to improve their working conditions, pay, hours and benefits. Their victory is a powerful reminder of how worker centers and unions can work together to empower marginalized workers not covered by the National Labor Relations Act and without traditional collective bargaining rights.

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