Last week Vermont Business Magazine named Vermont Yankee one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont, alongside other well-known Vermont companies. The awards were based on employee answers to survey questions regarding HR policies, practices, benefits, and employee satisfaction. It’s an honor that the efforts of my co-workers and I were recognized alongside that of other Vermont businesses.
This March, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics determined that Vermont leads the nation in green jobs, with nearly 13,000. The BLS study defines green jobs as those that provide a good or service which benefit the environment or conserve natural resources, and rightly so, the BLS included nuclear generation in its definition. The more than 600 jobs at Vermont Yankee make up nearly five percent of Vermont’s 13,000 green jobs.
Vermont Yankee has always been an important supplier of jobs. When employment in Vermont began to decline in 2008, employment at Vermont Yankee remained consistent, at 669 employees, plus contractors. In fact, in 2009 it was determined that Vermont Yankee was the 21st largest employer in Vermont. This information is discussed at length in a 2010 study called “The Economic Impact of the VY Station,” prepared by Northern Economic Consulting, Inc.
As a Vermont Yankee employee for 29 plus years, I’m pleased that Vermont Yankee’s contributions and practices have been recognized among the best in Vermont, and I’m proud to work for a company that is dedicated to providing a welcoming, professional work place.
Patricia R Thayer
Notes & Events
Wednesday April 18: Ethan Allen Institute’s 19th annual Jefferson Day Event, 7:30 PM, Sheraton Burlington – University Amphitheatre. EAI Founder John McClaughry will speak on “Mr. Jefferson’s Economy.” Governor Jim Douglas will introduce John McClaughry.
Wednesday April 25: VT Center Right Meeting 12:00pm – 1:30pm (Lunch will be provided – please RSVP so we have a enough food) AIV Conference Room 99 State Street Contact: Darcie Johnston at 229-6107