Call it on-the-job training: for fully one-third of the UE General Executive Board, including the national union’s financial officer, the meeting here Jan. 17-19 was their first. Not that any of the new board members were unfamiliar with the issues facing the union. Each brought years of UE membership and experience to the table.
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On Jan. 29, the mostly women workers at Berlin Health and Rehabilitation made history again – by gaining a first contract after an extraordinary, 15-month struggle.
Berlin workers made history in August 2000 by becoming the first nursing home employees in Vermont to organize, and the first U.S. employees of CPL/REIT to gain union recognition.
The largest owner/operator of nursing homes in Canada, where it is based, CPL/REIT owns 20 nursing homes in the United States. Ninety-five percent of the Canadian facilities are unionized, none in the U.S. – except for Berlin.
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