Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Certificates in Contract Administration and Collective Bargaining Studies
University of Wisconsin at Madison, M.S. Communication Disorders
Ithaca College, B.S. Speech Language Pathology
- Designed and implemented the entire labor relations function for an industry-based client struggling with a history of poor management. In addition to working with the client to create its labor strategy, she developed a complete labor relations information system, broad spectrum management training, and an effective supervisory mentoring program. As a result, management – union relations improved, allowing the parties to work together on projects that increased employee morale and productivity.
- Developed and implemented an entire management development program for an institution of higher education. The program focused not only on the principles and practicalities of sound management but also how different functions could leverage efficiencies by increasing opportunities for collaboration.
- Partnered closely with a health care client and its bargaining unit to identify obstacles that undermined the potential for a dynamic working relationship. Involved in all aspects of labor contract negotiation and administration, she advanced labor relations from an antagonistic, positional approach to interest based bargaining. Grievances and arbitration decreased significantly as the parties engaged in problem-solving strategies to address issues proactively.
- Successfully collaborated with an organization in danger of being organized by transforming its tactical employee relations stance to a more strategic and dynamic strategy. With the initiation of consistent and effective two-way communications practices, overall employee morale and commitment increased in a union-free environment.
- Advised a health care organization as it underwent a challenging and divisive union drive that had the potential to undermine community relationships and affect patient care. April served as a mediating force to ensure all parties continued to serve the needs of the patients throughout the process, regardless of the outcome.
Memberships & Activities
College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
Society for Human Resource Management
Vermont Human Resources Association
Accolades & Awards
American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administrators – Outstanding Chapter Achievement award, 2010
Governor’s Award for Support of Employment of People with Disabilities, 2006
Lamoille Area Chamber of Commerce and Creative Workforce Solutions – Leader of the Year, 2011
VT Department of Vocational Rehabilitation – Advocacy Award, 2008
Town of Cambridge Library Trustee
VP of Cambridge Regional Health Center Board
Cambridge Area Rotary
April has developed and presented leadership development programs, taught seminars, and conducted webinars on a wide variety of human and labor relations matters:
Presenter, Communication Skills Basics, 2015 NNECERAPPA conference (Vermont, March 16 – 17, 2015).
Presenter, Enhancing Active Listening Skills, 2015 NNECERAPPA conference (Vermont, March 16 – 17, 2015).
Presenter, Difficult Conversations, 2015 NNECERAPPA conference (Vermont, March 16 – 17, 2015).
Presenter, Emotional Intelligence, 2015 NNECERAPPA conference (Vermont, March 16 – 17, 2015).
April E. Tuck and Johan Maitland, Presenters, Human Resources and Collective Bargaining: Opportunities for Shared Success, 2013 ASHHRA Region 1 Conference (New Hampshire, June 9-11, 2013)
Presenter, The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act: Implications for Coding Professionals, The Northeast Vermont Coders Association (April 14, 2013)
Interviewing for Results as part of the employment series Varnum Memorial Library 2013
Presenter, Supervisor Training and Enrichment Program, Copley Hospital (Vermont, 2012 – 2013)
Presenter, Corporate Compliance Basics, The Northeast Vermont Coders Association (2012)
Presenter, The ADA and Accommodations for the Vermont Human Resources Association 2010
Senior Professional – Human Resources (SPHR)