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

Anna Smith
Ann Vanneman
samuel silverman
Karen Bixler
Mary Lou Willits
Eesha Williams
Gale Harris
Erin Rose
Melinda Gale
Janice Vogini
Brenda Lindemann
Thomas Luce
Betsy Bahrenburg
Manny Mansbach
Betty Clark
Chaz Plant
Marit Young
Emily Marie Ahtunan
Vickie Lampron
Stephanie Clary
Nancy Borg
Robert Appel
Spencer Putnam
Naomi Winterfalcon
Katherine Brobst
Dorothy MacDonald
Scott Earisman
Melina Rivera
5,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Anna Smith
    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.
  • Ann Vanneman
    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.
  • samuel silverman
    signed 2017-08-08 12:41:40 -0400
    samuel silverman
  • Karen Bixler
    signed 2017-08-08 12:39:24 -0400
  • Mary Lou Willits
    signed 2017-08-08 12:36:06 -0400
    Mary Lou Willits
  • Eesha Williams
    signed 2017-08-08 12:31:19 -0400
  • Gale Harris
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-08-08 12:24:22 -0400
    Sign the petition: Work With Dignity
  • Gale Harris
    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.
  • Erin Rose
    signed 2017-08-08 12:20:53 -0400
    Erin Rose
  • Melinda Gale
    signed 2017-08-08 12:20:41 -0400
  • Janice Vogini
    signed 2017-08-08 12:15:31 -0400
  • Brenda Lindemann
    signed 2017-08-08 12:03:05 -0400
  • Thomas Luce
    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.
  • Betsy Bahrenburg
    signed 2017-08-08 11:28:54 -0400
  • Manny Mansbach
    signed 2017-08-08 11:27:57 -0400
  • Betty Clark
    signed 2017-08-08 11:17:04 -0400
  • Chaz Plant
    signed 2017-08-08 11:09:32 -0400
  • Marit Young
    signed 2017-08-08 11:07:28 -0400
  • Emily Marie Ahtunan
    signed 2017-08-08 10:53:17 -0400
    Emily Marie Ahtunan
  • Vickie Lampron
    signed 2017-08-08 10:52:59 -0400
  • Stephanie Clary
    signed 2017-08-08 10:44:34 -0400
  • Nancy Borg
    signed 2017-08-08 10:37:40 -0400
  • Robert Appel
    signed 2017-08-08 10:34:34 -0400
  • Spencer Putnam
    signed 2017-08-08 10:25:45 -0400
  • Naomi Winterfalcon
    signed 2017-08-08 10:25:04 -0400
    I hold a Masters Degree but as an adjunct instructor at a Vermont College , I earn significantly less than then living wage. I was required to have a Masters Degree in order to teach but my salary is not enough to pay the student loans necessary for earning my degree. Lower wages not only undermine me but also make the degrees of my students less valuable. The president of my institution earns 30 times my salary, as long as we have great disparity in wealth there is no equality or democracy, just a system that serves the elite.
  • Katherine Brobst
    signed 2017-08-08 10:23:58 -0400
  • Dorothy MacDonald
    signed 2017-08-08 10:21:18 -0400
    I am retired now and any or all part time jobs max out at 12.00 an hour at most. Hard to make any extra money at that wage. $3 extra dollars a week would add up to $60 a week more.
  • Scott Earisman
    signed 2017-08-08 10:18:13 -0400
    Scott Earisman
  • Melina Rivera
    signed 2017-08-08 10:17:10 -0400
    I work as a Direct Support Person and this position always underpays. I work with people with disabilities and help them maintain or become more independent, but the pay is often too low to stay above water. It is work I love! There are many stories of people just like me wanting to to help others, but at the same time can not meet their basic needs due to to low wages..
  • Jeanne Posner
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-08-08 10:13:20 -0400
    Sign the petition: Work With Dignity


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