Neighborhood Well being Facilities of Burlington assist workers unionizes

Assist workers at Neighborhood Well being Facilities of Burlington have unionized, with out a battle from administration, voting to affix Neighborhood Well being United, which is a part of AFT Vermont.

“Our workers right here completely have the most effective pursuits of this group and our group as a part of their private core missions,” Neighborhood Well being Facilities CEO Jeff McKee mentioned Wednesday. “There wasn’t a must oppose (the unionization effort). We’re aligned in our visions for the group.”

The 153 assist workers at CHCB who voted to affix the union contains medical and dental assistants, affected person service and referrals representatives, schedulers, medical assistants and others who take care of sufferers and supply clerical assist. Employees from all 9 practices in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties that make up Neighborhood Well being Facilities of Burlington are represented.

The group serves greater than 32,000 sufferers with major care, psychiatric and psychological well being care and dental care, on a sliding price foundation.

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Brandon Lawson, a medical assistant on the Riverside Well being Middle in Burlington, mentioned Wednesday he appreciated McKee’s cooperative method towards the unionization effort. 

“High quality well being care depends not solely on medical doctors and nurses, however on medical assistants, entrance desk workers, lab techs, referrals specialists and so many different assist roles,” Lawson mentioned in a information launch. “We’re important to high quality affected person care, and we got here along with the objectives of bettering wages, advantages and dealing situations.”

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