Better Pay & Benefits
Even though veterinary services are in higher demand than ever, vets and vet techs are not being fairly compensated for their work. With a union, you and your coworkers can negotiate for the pay and benefits you deserve.
Vet professionals are often at the mercy of their manager when it comes to scheduling, which generally means long and inconsistent hours. As union members, you will have a say in notice and scheduling to adequately plan for your work and family responsibilities.
Improved Workplace Standards
During the pandemic, workplace safety standards and protocols are more important than ever. In addition to not receiving hazard pay, many vet clinics do not have adequate PPE and sufficient safety practices. By uniting, you can raise workplace standards.
Union Myths vs. Facts
There have been numerous union myths circulating regarding issues such as dues, pay raises, collective bargaining and more. Take a moment and click the learn more button to see all the myths and facts regarding the VSES Union.LEARN MORE
Your secret-ballot union election at VSES will be conducted via U.S. mail. On December 16, 2021, a voting kit that includes voting instructions, a ballot, and mail ballot envelope will be mailed from the regional National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) office to each eligible voter’s current address on file with the employer. Voters must return their ballots no later than January 13, 2022. The mail ballots will be counted on Friday January 14. IMPORTANT Voters must sign the YELLOW Return envelope which the blue envelope with the ballot sealed inside goes in. Any ballot received in an envelope that is not signed will be void. If any eligible voter does not receive a mail ballot or otherwise requires a duplicate mail ballot kit, he or she should contact the Region office no later than Monday December 27, 2021. Remember, this is a secret-ballot election. No one will know how you voted.
NLRB Region 3
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Union Members Live Better
The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) is partnering with the National Veterinary Professionals Union to provide veterinary professionals the opportunity to sit down with their bosses and negotiate over the issues that matter to you. This will shift the balance of power and provide you with a real and meaninful say on the job.Learn More
The Benefits of Belonging
Union members earn roughly $200 more every week than non-members. But it’s so much more than that. It’s about negotiating with your bosses over set wage increases that can’t change at management’s whim.
A union-negotiated contract puts rules in place that allow you to do your job without fear of retaliation or unjust treatment. If you feel those rules have been broken, you have the legal right to appeal through a grievance procedure. As a result, everyone is treated with respect.
Paid Time Off
Some 87 percent of union workers have access to paid sick days, compared to 69 percent of non-union workers. Roughly 89 percent of union workers get paid vacation and holidays, compared to roughly 75 percent of non-union workers.
You have the right to form, join or assist a union.
You have the right to distribute union literature, wear union t-shirts, ask co-workers to sign authorization cards and discuss the union with co-workers on non-work time.
Supervisors and management are not allowed to spy on you, coercively question you, threaten you or bribe you regarding your union activity.
You have the right to organize a union to negotiate with your employer over your wages, benefits and other working conditions.
Your employer cannot prohibit you from talking about or soliciting for a union during non-work time (including before and after work or during breaks).
You can’t be fired, disciplined, demoted, or penalized for engaging in any of the above mentioned activities.