UVM, union seek mediation

by E Wayne Ross on October 19, 2009

Burlington Free Press: UVM, union seek mediation

Contract talks between the University of Vermont and its service workers union are deadlocked over pay and retirement benefits and headed for federal mediation.

That was the message of UE Local 267 Tuesday in a news conference in the atrium of the Davis Center. Union representatives said UVM management was offering 1 percent annual raises over three years, compared with 4 percent sought by the union, and that UVM was seeking the right to eliminate health benefits for retirees. The union also said UVM wants to we