A major goal of the Board is to offer extensive educational and research services to labor relations practitioners to more effectively promote productive labor relations. Toward that end, the Board issues publications for the use of the parties that come before it, conducts training sessions, sponsors labor relations conferences and continues to update its website. Further, the Board maintains a labor library in its offices, the Bill Kemsley, Sr. Library. The Kemsley library contains books, reference materials, and periodicals on labor law, labor relations, labor history and labor studies. It is open for the use of the public during the Board’s office hours.
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.
The Vermont Labor Relations Board will be offering trainings on November 20, December 4, December 10, December 11 and December 18. These sessions are designed to provide labor relations practitioners with a working knowledge of substantive law as well as practice and procedure. Board Executive Director Timothy Noonan will be the trainer. The sessions will be held in the Labor Relations Board hearing room, 13 Baldwin Street, Montpelier. A link to the registration form is provided below.
The Board continues its participation in the Association of Labor Relations Agencies (“ALRA”), the association of impartial government agencies and private non-profit agencies in the United States and Canada responsible for administering labor relations laws or services. The Board also continues its involvement in the New England Consortium of State Labor Relations Agencies. Staff and Board members have attended conferences hosted by each of these organizations to receive current information in the labor relations field.