More than 2,000 support staff and technical workers at University of Vermont Medical Center are voting this week whether or not to join the American Federation of Teachers Vermont.

The voting lasts through Friday, and the election results should be available that afternoon.

No one from the union or hospital administration was available on short notice for an interview.
However, in a statement, UVMMC president and CEO Dr. Stephen Leffler writes:

“The University of Vermont Medical Center remains committed to a culture where our people feel heard, respected, and supported. As the region’s Level 1 Trauma Center and academic medical center, every single one of our employees is central to delivering exceptional patient care.

We strongly encourage everyone to vote, to ensure each person’s voice is heard. We are encouraging our employees to get educated on the issues and make the decision that is right for them. We will continue to work with the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals and the National Labor Relations Board to ensure a fair and collaborative process, and will continue our work to ensure access and service for our patients, families and communities.