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Monday, July 30, 2018

Paul Ralston and Marie Audet to Run For Addison County Senate

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 7:26 PM

Paul Ralston and Marie Audet - FILE: OLIVER PARINI; COURTESY OF MARIE AUDET
  • File: Oliver Parini; Courtesy of Marie Audet
  • Paul Ralston and Marie Audet
Vermont Coffee Company owner Paul Ralston and dairy farmer Marie Audet both announced Monday that they’re running for state Senate in Addison County as independents. Their entry creates the potential for a hotly contested race in the two-seat district.

Running as a ticket, Audet and Ralston will challenge two Democrats — incumbent Chris Bray and Ruth Hardy, the former executive director of Emerge Vermont, which trains women to run for office — and Republican Peter Briggs, vice-chair of the Addison Selectboard.

Sen. Claire Ayer (D-Addison) announced in May that she wouldn’t run for reelection.

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University of Vermont Medical Center Stops Collecting Nurses' Union Dues

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 6:45 PM

Deb Snell (left) and Julie MacMillan at a press conference with Sen. Bernie Sanders - FILE: SARA TABIN
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  • Deb Snell (left) and Julie MacMillan at a press conference with Sen. Bernie Sanders
As the University of Vermont Medical Center and its nurses' union hash out a new contract, the sides continue to operate under the terms of the old pact, which expired July 9.

But at least one policy has changed: The hospital no longer collects union dues from nurses' paychecks.

Under the previous three-year contract, the hospital collected dues automatically from members' biweekly paychecks and passed the funds along to the union. That agreement became "null and void" when the contract expired, according to UVM Medical Center spokesman Michael Carrese.

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