Union Says Senate Leader Should Keep Promise

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A union hoping to organize home child care providers in Vermont says the leader of the state Senate is going back on his word by not pushing for a vote of the full Senate on a bill that would allow the unionization effort.

But Sen. John Campbell, the Senate president pro tem, says he never promised a broad range of bills would come up for a vote over the objections of committees that studied them.

Campbell said he would allow that to happen with a bill allowing terminally ill patients to take their own lives – and that floor debate happened.

But leaders of American Federation of Teachers say they also were led to expect it to happen with the child care unionization bill, which died in committee this week.

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