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Rochester Veterinary Specialists Set To Begin Bargaining For First Contract

Published Thursday, August 11, 2022
by IAM News
Rochester Veterinary Specialists Set To Begin Bargaining For First Contract

(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - More than 130 Workers employed at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Services (VSES) in Rochester are set to begin bargaining for a first agreement.

The International Association of Machinists (IAM)-represented Unit of 130 Workers is made up of Licensed Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants, Front Desk Staff and other critical Staff.

Some of the significant issues for Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Services Workers include unfair working conditions, including understaffing and stagnant wages - despite rising costs for pet medical procedures.

“These brave Workers understand the importance of a strong IAM contract,” IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President David Sullivan said. “Now begins the all-important bargaining for a first agreement that reflects their dedication to the employer and their patients.”

IAM District 65 Directing Business Representative Ron Warner said: “In January 2022, the Employees of VSES voted overwhelming for representation by the IAM.  Thrive Pet Healthcare, VSES’s corporate owner, initially chose to fight the election result rather than bargain.  The IAM is pleased to announce that Thrive has now chosen to abandon its legal appeals and the IAM now looks forward to negotiating a fair and equitable collective bargaining agreement for the Workers.”

The grassroots Union Organizing Campaign was successful in part due to a partnership with Liz Hughston, President of the National Veterinary Professionals Union.

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: www.goiam.org/news/imail/new-york-veterinary-specialists-set-to-begin-bargaining-for-first-contract/

And For More, Go To: New York Veterinary Hospital Workers Win Historic Victory, Join IAM

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