Constitution and Bylaws

All unions create a set of rules and principles by which they govern their organizations. These rules and principles establish the Constitution and By-laws that members abide by.

Our constitution and by-laws are based upon those of our parent organization, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), with a particular emphasis on member engagement, political and legislative activism, communications, community engagement, and member knowledge and ideas.

The VFNHP constitution may be changed at any time to better reflect the needs of our union, but the members must vote on any changes before those changes can be made. Article 14 of our constitution outlines the procedures required to make changes to the constitution. The most recent amendments to the Constitution were ratified at out membership vote in April 2016.

VFNHP Constitution
VFNHP Bylaws (Note: agency fees change yearly after annual audits, but usually range around 85% of dues.)

It is important to familiarize yourself with the constitution and by-laws as they address details and information important to all of us, including such things as:

  • Membership Eligibility, Membership meetings
  • Retiree Information
  • Nondiscrimination
  • Duties of Officers
  • Negotiating
  • Steward Responsibilities
  • Nominations, Elections & Voting
  • Budget, and more.....

If you should have any questions or concerns with regards to the constitution and by-laws, please contact the Union Office at 802.657.4040 or email

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