St. Michael’s adjunct faculty vote to join SEIU

Adjunct faculty at St. Michael’s College in Colchester voted 46 to 26 Monday to unionize with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). They join colleagues from Burlington and Champlain colleges, where a majority of adjunct professors voted on Nov. 24 to join SEIU. The national union’s Adjunct Action initiative aims to organize part-time faculty at […]

J.C. Penney and Stonebridge to pay $400,000 for improper charges

A “discount membership” program affiliated with J.C. Penney Co. will pay the state and Vermont consumers $400,000 to settle claims the company improperly charged consumers for services they didn’t know they had signed up for. Texas-based Stonebridge Benefit Services Inc. sells discount membership programs through which consumers can claim discounts on various purchases, from cars […]

Vermont unemployment steady at 4.4 percent

Vermont’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent in October, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Labor. The leveling follows four consecutive months of increases in the seasonally adjusted jobless rate. The U.S. average unemployment rate ticked down one-tenth of a point to 5.8 percent. Nationwide, Vermont tied with Kansas for […]