HUMAN RIGHTS DAY REPORT: Vermont falls short of protecting economic and social rights

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Vermont Workers' Center
Contact: James Haslam, 802-272-0882, james@workerscenter.org
http://www.workerscenter.org/budgetreport

December 10, 2010
Vermont falls short of protecting economic and social rights

New Vermont Workers’ Center report finds public service cuts hurt Vermonters

The People's Budget Report

The People’s Budget Campaign

"Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control." Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

BURLINGTON RESIDENTS: Solidarity Needed for Building Trades for PLA at Moran Plant

The City of Burlington is considering whether to implement a fair trade “Project Labor Agreement” (PLA) for the Moran Plant reconstruction. A PLA is essentially a one-job collective bargaining agreement between the owner and all the contractors that outlines terms and conditions of employment (family-supporting wages, benefits, disciplinary procedures, work schedules, safety expectations, etc.). Most importantly, a PLA would give Burlingtonians access to state-certified apprenticeships and quality health insurance and retirement benefits through the local building trades union halls.

Statewide Series of People's Forums a Big Success!

Rutland People's ForumWe would like to thank everyone who helped make 15 People's Forums on Healthcare, Kids, and the Economy a huge success. Over 130 candidates and about 1,000 community members from every county in the state participated in this series of forums organized by the Vermont Workers' Center, Vermont Early Educators United and Vermont Center for Independent Living. These three organizations came together because our issues are interconnected and because our voices our stronger when we work together, and it was a huge success.

Take Our Survey for The People’s Budget Report: How are Vermonters affected by state budget cuts?

The Workers’ Center is examining how Vermont spends our public dollars. Are recent budget cuts compatible with human rights? Are public services still able to meet our fundamental needs? To answer these questions we’re interviewing organizations that deliver services and, most importantly, we want to hear from you!

We’d like to know which of your fundamental needs – housing, employment, healthcare, education, etc – are not being met in light of the recent cuts to public services. We also want to hear your opinion on what the state should do to ensure that Vermonters’ needs are met.

BREAKING NEWS: Winooski teachers reach a tentative agreement, strike averted!

Winooski teachers and board reached a tentative agreement in the middle of the night (early this morning) averting a strike.

Teachers in Winooski, members of the Vermont NEA, had entered their third year without a negotiated contract and had been the lowest paid teachers in Chittenden County. Last week the teachers voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike after having a week of informational pickets in their efforts to push the School Board to come back to the table to negotiate.

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