On February 12th, the Vermont Labor Relations Board counted the election ballots for the St. Johnsbury Vermont Police bargaining unit and when the counting was done the New England Police Benevolent Association was elected as the exclusive bargaining unit representative for the St. Johnsbury Vermont Police Department bargaining unit by voting to leave American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFCME) and join the New England P.B.A.

The members wanted a union that would be able to address the needs of Police Officers. In speaking with several officers, they were concerned that the AFCME did not provide the expertise that NEPBA had to offer to police officers, and after careful consideration the members took the necessary steps to change unions. They are now members of the largest police union in Vermont.

New England PBA Vermont State Director Sean R. McArdle stated; “The Officers of the St. Johnsbury Police Department are the utmost professionals and their decision to join with a professional all law enforcement organization like New England PBA is obviously the right choice. I look forward to working with these dedicated law enforcement professionals.”

New England PBA Vermont Organizing Director Chris Hoar called the election, “a great day for the hard working and dedicated members of the St. Johnsbury Police Department, who clearly want to be represented by a law enforcement union who respects and understands the needs of police officers.”

New England PBA Executive Director Jerry Flynn stated; “We are proud of our organizing team and their continued record of accomplishment in the Green Mountain State. Yet, our continued growth in Vermont is predicated on our ability to deliver quality contracts and by continuing to provide the stellar legal services for all those we represent, including the St. Johnsbury Police Union.”