Remarks by VWC president Ellen Schwartz at 6/8 Brattleboro rally to support Vermont's teachers. Photo credit: Ann Braden
***NOTE: As of July 12th, this position has since been filled.***
The Vermont Workers’ Center (VWC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation founded in 1998 as a membership organization. The VWC organizes for economic and social justice in Vermont.
Today, the US House of Representatives passed a healthcare bill that if signed into law, would eliminate health insurance for 24 million Americans, cut Medicaid benefits, and endanger insurance for people with preexisting conditions - all while giving a significant tax break to the billionaire class.
Next Monday, May 1st, millions of low-income and working people across the world are planning to hit the streets for immigrant and workers' rights, disability justice, real climate solutions and an end to racial oppression.
On Monday night, the Republicans in Washington revealed their plans for replacing the Affordable Care Act. Unsurprisingly, their plan would hurt poor and working-class people and women while creating billions of dollars of new tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy.
Organizing is the antidote to attacks on the human right to health care. Please consider becoming a member of the Vermont Workers’ Center so we can resist these attacks together, and join us in organizing in our communities and supporting front-line healthcare workers who are organizing for a voice in the healthcare system.
Since 2008, the Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign has been building a movement for a universal, publicly financed healthcare system in which all care in Vermont would be provided as a public good, like our schools and fire departments. We believe that universal healthcare is about more than just our health - it is also a prescription for economic transformation, budget and tax reform, and strengthening the public sector.
Over the past two weeks, unprecedented numbers of people, VWC members and leaders among them, have come together to oppose the administration’s anti-human-rights agenda.
VWC leaders and members have also been doing the organizing work that will build power for our communities for the long haul.
Last weekend, members of the Chittenden County Organizing Committee held a Health Screening Clinic at the Essex Eats Out community dinner in Essex Center. We had some deep conversations with our neighbors about their hopes and fears about healthcare, and nurses volunteered their time to provide health screenings. A couple of the people we met came to the next OC meeting and joined the Workers’ Center!
This afternoon, nurses, licensed nursing assistants, mental health techs, labor and delivery assistants, unit secretaries and other patient care professionals at UVM Medical Center (UVMMC) joined together with members of the Vermont Workers Center to call on UVMMC to respect their rights to organize a union.
On MLK Day, we are excited to share this new video, a sneak peak at the coming documentary about the call for a New Poor People's Campaign and the different fights coming together to make it happen: