Raise Up Vermont

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We support raising basic standards for workers in Vermont, and call on lawmakers to:

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

2. Establish family and medical leave insurance for all Vermont working families.

3. Strengthen existing law to prevent employers from misclassifying their employees as “independent contractors” and denying the protections they are entitled to under the law.

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Right now millions of people in Vermont and across the country are struggling with poverty wages, lack of paid family and medical leave to care for their families, experience wage theft or our misclassified as independent contractors, or become ill or injured at work because of dangerous working conditions.

Rights & Democracy believes that everyone has the right to live and raise their families in dignity. In the coming years, we believe Vermont can increasingly become a national leader for raising workplace standards.

Please join us in helping continue to raise the standards for working people and supporting this campaign!

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  • signed 2017-08-08 21:52:32 -0400
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  • signed 2017-08-08 21:32:05 -0400
    Bernice Vogel
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  • 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.
  • signed 2017-08-08 17:20:20 -0400
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  • signed 2017-08-08 13:58:41 -0400
    Elizabeth Lyon
  • signed 2017-08-08 13:39:12 -0400
    madeleine Madeleine Winfield
  • signed 2017-08-08 13:29:17 -0400
    I work at the Addison County Parent Child Center. If the young families we serve had the right to a livable minimum wage it would profoundly effect the course of their lives, and the kind of work we do here at the center. The average cost of an apartment in Addison County is in the neighborhood of $1,000.00. For Vermonters like the ones we serve, to afford a place like this, assuming rent comes in at around 30% of one’s income, this would require that people make close to $40,000.00 annually. Working to earn minimum wage, one’s annual income amounts to around $21,000.00. This implies that one must work at least 80 hours per week to make that $40,000.00 mark. This is impossible. We need to give Vermonters the chance to pull themselves up.
  • signed 2017-08-08 12:46:09 -0400
    I personally have generally earned a living wage. However, I have worked in public schools for 32 years and met hundreds of parents who are barely making it. The are on welfare and food stamps. Part of the culture of being low income is a tremendous focus on family, so people have several children, who they can’t support. So the rest of us do through our taxes for yet more welfare, food stamps, etc., etc. We need everyone to earn a living wage so they can plan for the future instead of living one day at a time and seeking immediate gratification.
  • signed 2017-08-08 12:41:40 -0400
    samuel silverman
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    Mary Lou Willits
  • signed 2017-08-08 12:31:19 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-08-08 12:24:22 -0400
    Sign the petition: Work With Dignity
  • signed 2017-08-08 12:23:12 -0400
    I fall through the cracks and always have. I am now 67 years old, live on a fixed income, just lost most of my foodstamps because according to DES, I make too much money . I receive $16 a month for food, and don’t have any savings. Luckily, I have Medicare, and medicaid covers the 20% that Medicare doesn’t. I am a landlord, and am hamstrung by being struck by floods over and over, but there is no help for me because I only can claim the expenses I spend on my part of the property, even though I would still need to pay insurance, taxes, equity loan whether I had tenants or lived here alone. My tenants aren’t a way to live “high”, just a way to live , and have people around me that are my community. We all scrape by, and help each other out, and hope another flood doesn’t wipe us all out, because there is no one out there who will help, that I’ve found. Hope this bill can pass, and people can make even a modest income from a 40 hour a week job, instead of having to have 2 or 3 low-paying jobs to pay bills.
  • signed 2017-08-08 12:20:53 -0400
    Erin Rose
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  • signed 2017-08-08 11:52:54 -0400
    Now 79+ years old, an 11th generation Vermonter, I still can remember the first hand stories of my uncle and co-workers being beaten in the streets for trying to unionize granite workers dying from dust inhalation. And then I remember FDR and Social Security. I also am the beneficiary of unionization as a teacher—VtNEA along with its health benefits. We need to continue this process to keep up-to-date.
  • signed 2017-08-08 11:28:54 -0400
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