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Application Window Extended for VT Labor Relations Board Nominations

August 23, 2021

UPDATE: The nominiation window has been extended until August 27, 2021. 

The Commissioner of Labor, on behalf of the Labor Board Review Panel, will be accepting nominations from those interested in serving on the Vermont Labor Relations Board. There are currently two vacant positions, one vacant “neutral” position and one vacant “labor” position. All applications must be submitted no later than August 27, 2021.

About the Labor Relations Board

The Vermont Labor Relations Board is responsible for determining appropriate bargaining units, conducting union representation elections, adjudicating unfair labor practice charges, and hearing grievances in cases involving relations between employers and employees of the State of Vermont, Vermont State Colleges, University of Vermont, municipalities, school districts, and small private operations.

Responsibilities of Board Members

The term of the appointment is six (6) years, and the Board members must be available to serve at hearings which are conducted in Montpelier, as well as assist in special projects as determined by the Labor Board Chair or Executive Director. Labor Board members are not considered state employees and have no compensation or benefits other than receiving a minimal stipend for their work and expense reimbursement (mileage and meal reimbursement) for travel to hearings or other assignments. 

Experience and Qualifications

There are currently two vacant positions, one vacant “neutral” position and one vacant “Labor” position, with specifically designated backgrounds and meeting the following qualifications:

  • Candidates applying for the “Neutral” vacancies must have knowledge and experience in labor relations and employment issues from a neutral background. Candidates with neutral backgrounds means individuals in high standing not connected with any labor organization or management position, and who can be reasonably considered to be able to serve as an impartial individual.
  • Candidates applying for the “Labor” vacancies must have a knowledge and experience in labor relations. Candidates may have a high standing connection to labor organizations and can be reasonably considered to be able to serve as a representative of the labor community.
  • A candidate must possess “experience, knowledge, character, integrity, judgment and ability to act in a fair and impartial manner.” 3 V.S.A. 921(a)(1) (B).
  • A candidate must be a US citizen and a resident of the state of Vermont for at least one year immediately preceding appointment.
  • A member of the Board may not hold any other state office.
How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit their application no later than August 27, 2021. After the interview process, qualified candidates’ names will be submitted by the Employment Review Panel to the Governor for review and appointment. The following information should be included in each submission:

  1. A brief (not to exceed one page) letter of interest, specifically identifying that you are applying as a neutral representative to the Board and outlining your credentials to serve in a neutral capacity.
  2. An up-to-date resume (not to exceed two pages).
  3. A separate list of not more than 5 references with contact information.

Candidates may apply by submitting all information either via mail or email:

  • Mail:
    • Vermont Department of Labor
      c/o Commissioner’s Office
      5 Green Mountain Drive
      P.O. Box 488
      Montpelier, VT 05601-0488
  • Email:

For more information on the role of the Vermont Labor Relations Board, you can review Vermont statutes, 3 VSA Sec 921, et al., or visit Labor Relations Board website at

If you have questions regarding the vacancies or the process to apply, please contact the Vermont Department of Labor at 802-828-4301 or email the Commissioner’s Office at