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House Approves Union For Homecare Workers

The Vermont House has passed a bill to allow workers who provide personal care to disabled Vermonters in their home to unionize.

On a 95-to-41 vote, the House on Thursday approved Legislation backed by two national public employee unions.

Rep. John Moran, a Democrat from Wardsboro, says the bill will allow the homecare workers to negotiate with the state, which funds services to the disabled, for better pay and benefits.

He says the legislation is similar to a separate bill that would allow child care workers to unionize.