NO. R-194. House concurrent resolution honoring Anne “Annie” Noonan’s quarter century of devoted service at the Vermont State Employees’ Association.
Offered by: Representatives Sweaney of Windsor, Adams of Hartland, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Brooks of Montpelier, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Dowland of Holland, Dunsmore of Georgia, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Endres of Milton, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Green of Berlin, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Louras of Rutland City, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, McLaughlin of Royalton, Metzger of Milton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Miller of Elmore, Minter of Waterbury, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Niquette of Colchester, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O’Donnell of Vernon, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Parent of St. Albans City, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Reese of Pomfret, Rodgers of Glover, Rusten of Halifax, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Morristown, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington
Offered by: Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Coppenrath of Caledonia District, Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Gander of Windham District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District, Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District, Senator Maynard of Rutland District, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District, Senator Mullin of Rutland District, Senator Scott of Washington District, Senator Sears of Bennington District, Senator Shepard of Bennington District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Starr of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Welch of Windsor District, Senator White of Windham District and Senator Wilton of Rutland District.
Whereas, Annie Noonan has dedicated her career to serving as an advocate on behalf of working Vermonters, and
Whereas, in this role, she has organized public employees, negotiated tenaciously contracts for state employees, judicial employees, Vermont state college staff employees and defender general employees, and defended consistently the rights of working Vermonters, and
Whereas, Annie Noonan was born in New York City, and she moved to Vermont where she graduated from South Burlington High School, and
Whereas, foreshadowing her future involvement with state government, she majored in political science at the University of Vermont (UVM), and
Whereas, after earning her undergraduate degree and with her strong interest in labor issues, Annie Noonan enrolled in the graduate program in labor studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and
Whereas, in 1980, upon completion of her graduate studies, she accepted a staff position with the Vermont State Employees’ Association (VSEA), and
Whereas, Annie Noonan brought not only her academic background in labor relations to the organization, but as the daughter of a former New York City police officer, she has an in‑depth understanding and familiarity with worker issues, and
Whereas, during the last 25 years, Annie Noonan has been a champion, improving the lives of working Vermonters, and
Whereas, she has been a steadfast advocate at the State House, promoting and protecting workers’ rights and benefits, and
Whereas, Annie Noonan’s defense of public employees’ rights and her efforts to improve their working conditions have been unrelenting, and
Whereas, while officials on the opposite side of the negotiating table may not necessarily agree with her stance on a specific issue, they know she is a formidable negotiator who comes to bargaining sessions ready and prepared to work diligently on her constituents’ behalf, and
Whereas, her job performance at VSEA has been so impressive that she has risen through the ranks and, as of 1997, has become the organization’s director, and
Whereas, May 5, 2005 marks her 25th anniversary on the VSEA staff, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly congratulates Anne Noonan on her quarter century of devoted service at the Vermont State Employees’ Association, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Anne Noonan.
The Vermont General Assembly
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