The Vermont Labor Relations Board administers the Vermont State Employees Labor Relations Act ( 3 V.S.A. Section 901 et seq., enacted in 1969), Vermont Judiciary Employees Labor Relations Act, 3 V.S.A. Section 1010 st seq., the Vermont State Labor Relations Act (21 V.S.A. Section 1501 et seq., enacted in 1967), the Vermont Municipal Employee Relations Act (21 V.S.A. Section 1721 et seq., enacted in 1973), and the Vermont Labor Relations For Teachers Act (16 V.S.A. Section 1981 et seq., enacted in 1969).
The Board, similar to other state labor relations boards, determines appropriate bargaining units, conducts union representation elections, and adjudicates unfair labor practice charges in cases involving relations between employers and employees under the Board’s jurisdiction - i.e., State of Vermont, Vermont State Colleges, University of Vermont, municipalities, school districts, and small private operations. In addition to this traditional work of labor relations boards, the VLRB, unlike other state labor relations boards, also arbitrates grievances of employees under the State Employees Labor Relations Act. The Board makes final determinations on grievances of employees of the State of Vermont, the Vermont State Colleges and the University of Vermont. The Board also provides assistance in resolving negotiations impasses under the State Employees Labor Relations Act, and decides various other types of appeals pursuant to miscellaneous statutory provisions.
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) and the Vermont Labor Relations Board (VLRB) will be offering a training session, "Contract Administration and the Steward/Supervisor Relationship", in various locations throughout Vermont in October/November 2019. Trainers for the session will be FMCS Mediators and the VLRB Executive Director. Topics addressed in this training will be the union steward/supervisor relationship, the duty to furnish information, grievances generally, Weingarten right to union representation at a meeting that may lead to discipline, grievances over discipline, grievance procedure, grievance processing/investigations, and union-management dynamics. Supervisors and union stewards from the public and private sectors are encouraged to attend this training. A link to the registration form is below.