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Progress for Nurses and University of Vermont Medical Center, But No Contract

The Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals and representatives of the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington have reached tentative agreements

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    Progress for Nurses and University of Vermont Medical Center, But No Contract
    WPTZ-TV
    Nurses from the University of Vermont Medical Center on the picket line.

    There's no deal yet between unionized nurses and Vermont's largest medical center, but the two sides did make some progress in the first negotiation session since a two-day strike earlier this month.

    In a Tuesday negotiating session, the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals and representatives of the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington reached tentative agreements on issues that help govern some scheduling issues and pay rates. Both sides say the first agreements are good steps.

    The two sides did not reach an agreement on pay increases for the 1,800 nurses.

    The union maintains higher wages are necessary to recruit and retain nurses and support staff and alleviate understaffing.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    Additional bargaining sessions are planned for next month.

    The nurses went on strike July 12 and 13.

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