How We're Going to Win Big for Thousands of Vermonters this Session - Rights & Democracy VT

How We're Going to Win Big for Thousands of Vermonters this Session

Momentum is building to raise Vermont’s minimum wage to $15 an hour and enact family and medical leave insurance this legislative session.

Your calls, emails, and voices are needed now, more than ever. Here are two quick updates on these important bills that will Raise Up the lives of thousands of Vermonters. Thank you to everyone who’s told their story to legislators, or called and emailed in support of these bills.

Here’s what coming next and how you can help us win big for Vermonters!

  • The Senate Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs Committee will take up H. 196, the family and medical leave insurance bill, on Wednesday, which is an important first step toward getting this legislation through the Senate and onto the Governor’s desk. Email committee members, as well as your Senator(s), to support this bill.
  • Before the end of the month, the House General, Housing & Military Affairs Committee is expected to take up S. 40, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. This bill has passed the Senate and now needs to be passed in the House to get to the governor’s desk. Email committee members, and your local Representative, to support this bill.

During the Town Meeting Day break, Rights & Democracy members and staff talked with hundreds of Vermonters throughout the state and urged them to contact lawmakers to do more to support our friends, families, and neighbors in the Green Mountain State.

Many of them filled out our Community Survey, if you haven’t done so please take 5 minutes to fill it out yourself!

From Grand Isle to Brattleboro, it’s clear that Vermonters support both raising the state’s minimum wage and enacting paid family and medical leave insurance.

Will you join them? Let us know.

Thirty organizations (see list below), as well as nearly 5000 of your neighbors, legislators, and statewide elected officials want the legislature to take action this year.

Raising the minimum wage will generate nearly almost $200 million a year for Vermont’s economy, but without paid family and medical leave insurance those gains could be easily lost if a household is faced with a sudden illness, family death, or the happy arrival of a new child.

We hear a lot of talk about how to improve Vermont’s economy for those who live here, and these two bills would do just that.

Let us know if you’re willing to make calls, send emails, or tell your story to those who need to hear from Vermonters.


Raise the Wage Coalition Members: ACLU of Vermont, AFSCME Council 93, AFT-Vermont Black Lives Matter – Vermont The Burlington Fight for 15 Coalition, Community of Vermont Elders (COVE), Green Mountain Self Advocates, Hunger Free Vermont,  Justice for All, LGBTQIA Alliance of Vermont, National Association of Social Workers – VT Chapter, Peace and Justice Center, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Rights & Democracy, SEIU Local 200United, United Valley Interfaith Project, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights, Vermont Interfaith Action, Vermont Legal Aid, Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council, Vermont NEA: Union of Vermont Educators, Vermont Network against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Vermont Public Health Association, Vermont State Employees Association, Vermont Works for Women, Vermont Worker’s Center, Voices for Vermont’s Children, Working Vermont Labor Coalition, Umbrella


H. 93 ($15 by 2022) cosponsors. If you don't see your Representative on here ... ask them why not?

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