Raise Up Vermont - Rights and Democracy

Raise Up Vermont


For a Vermont that works for all of us,
not just the wealthy few!

1. Raise job standards by making the minimum wage a livable wage.

2. Establish family and medical leave insurance, so Vermont's working families can care for their loved ones.

3. Strengthen existing law to prevent employers denying working people the protections they are entitled to under the law by misclassifying them as "independent contractors."

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When Vermont’s families thrive, Vermont’s communities thrive. Working people in Vermont should be able to care for and support their families with dignity.

Please join Rights & Democracy in raising our voices to raise up standards for working Vermonters. Together, we can build a Vermont that works for all of us, not just the wealthy few.

Who's signing

Emma Ronai-Durning
Marcia Angermann
John Benoit
Alisa Van Domburg Scipio
James Wuertele
linda cacopardo
Marina Meerburg
Stephen Stuntz
Erin Buckwalter
Tom Wiegleb
Nicole Anderson
elizabeth christie
Chris Vaccaro
Margaret Daly
Bernice Vogel
Glenn Reed
Margo Whitcomb
Dave Goodlin
Patrick McKenzie
Elizabeth Wiegleb
Al Walskey
Charlie Murphy
Shaun Stephens
George Klohck
Elizabeth Lyon
madeleine Winfield
5,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Emma Ronai-Durning
    signed 2017-08-09 23:59:37 -0400
  • Marcia Angermann
    signed 2017-08-09 20:46:07 -0400
  • John Benoit
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-08-09 17:42:45 -0400
    Sign the petition: Work With Dignity
  • John Benoit
    @JohnBenoit88 tweeted link to this page. 2017-08-09 17:42:42 -0400
    Sign the petition: Work With Dignity http://www.radvt.org/raise_up_vt?recruiter_id=31000
  • John Benoit
    signed 2017-08-09 17:42:26 -0400
    I worked for an employer for 15 years. I was injured and then immediately laid off upon my return to work. I had to take a cut in pay of over 5+ dollars an hour at my next job. I am still in pain from the accident but, stay at my job because I have managed to get raises and would need to take yet another big cut in, starting somewhere else.
  • Alisa Van Domburg Scipio
    signed 2017-08-09 15:13:23 -0400
  • James Wuertele
    signed 2017-08-09 13:47:27 -0400
  • linda cacopardo
    signed 2017-08-09 11:36:18 -0400
    linda cacopardo
  • Marina Meerburg
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-08-09 10:06:05 -0400
    Sign the petition: Work With Dignity
  • Marina Meerburg
    signed 2017-08-09 10:05:31 -0400
    Marina Meerburg
  • Stephen Stuntz
    signed 2017-08-09 08:03:14 -0400
    I want to make sure my children and others can continue to work and live with dignity in Vermont
  • Erin Buckwalter
    signed 2017-08-09 08:00:34 -0400
  • Tom Wiegleb
    signed 2017-08-09 06:37:46 -0400
  • Nicole Anderson
    signed 2017-08-08 22:26:53 -0400
  • elizabeth christie
    signed 2017-08-08 22:20:10 -0400
    elizabeth christie
  • Chris Vaccaro
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-08-08 21:52:48 -0400
    Sign the petition: Work With Dignity
  • Chris Vaccaro
    signed 2017-08-08 21:52:32 -0400
  • Margaret Daly
    signed 2017-08-08 21:43:07 -0400
  • Bernice Vogel
    signed 2017-08-08 21:32:05 -0400
    Bernice Vogel
  • Glenn Reed
    signed 2017-08-08 20:53:06 -0400
  • Margo Whitcomb
    signed 2017-08-08 20:19:44 -0400
  • Dave Goodlin
    signed 2017-08-08 20:12:22 -0400
  • Patrick McKenzie
    signed 2017-08-08 19:52:45 -0400
  • Elizabeth Wiegleb
    signed 2017-08-08 17:33:13 -0400
  • Al Walskey
    signed 2017-08-08 17:29:06 -0400
    Al Walskey

    I was born and grew up in western Pennsylvania where steel and coal was king. By design poverty was the norm because most people lived in “Company Towns” where local companies owned everything. The “Company Store” pricing structure was designed to keep low level workers in hock or at best treading water. Workers dared not speak out against the Company at the risk of being ostracised by the Company leadership who would go out of their way to make an example of any worker who dared step out of line. My grandfather died of black-lung disease working in mines where cave-ins were the norm. My dad was forced out of work in the steel mill and onto welfare when his back gave out. It was Social Security and Workmans Comp that ultimately saved him from an early grave. Because there was no employer provided health care us three kids had to suffer through all the childhood diseases without being able to see a doctor. Strip mining of coal and smokestack industries polluted the environment causing health issues. You knew when you were entering Freedom, Pa. because you could smell the foul air of “freedom.” Many who lived there contracted lung ailments. Worker strikes exacerbated the poverty. I escaped total abject poverty by enlisting, at 18, in the Army just before the regional economy collapsed.
  • Charlie Murphy
    signed 2017-08-08 17:20:20 -0400
  • Shaun Stephens
    signed 2017-08-08 15:11:29 -0400
  • George Klohck
    signed 2017-08-08 14:04:31 -0400
  • Elizabeth Lyon
    signed 2017-08-08 13:58:41 -0400
    Elizabeth Lyon
  • madeleine Winfield
    signed 2017-08-08 13:39:12 -0400
    madeleine Madeleine Winfield


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