José Obeth Santiz Cruz Memorial Fund

Vermonters, Farmers, and Migrant Workers all Chipping in to Support José Obeth Santiz Cruz's family after tragic farm accident and asking others to donate to the new Oveth Santis Cruz Memorial Fund

On December 22, 2009 in Fairfield, Vermont on Howrigan dairy farm young migrant farm worker José Obeth Santiz Cruz from the town of Las Margaritas, Chiapas, Mexico was killed in a tragic farming accident. On December 23rd, a Candle Light Vigil was held in Burlington in order to remember and honor the hard work, sacrifice and tragic death of this young migrant farm worker. [ Free Press Article ]

Please donate to the newly created "José Obeth Santiz Cruzz Memorial Fund" in order to honor the hard work, sacrifice and tragic death of migrant farm worker José Obeth Santiz Cruz. One hundred percent of your donation will go to José Obeth Santiz Cruz's family.

50+ Attend Morrisville People’s Forum on Healthcare with Speaker Shap Smith, Sen. Susan Bartlett and Rep. Floyd Nease

DSCF6880_0.JPGMORRISVILLE, VT – More than fifty Lamoille County residents braved frigid temperatures to participate in a People’s Forum on Healthcare with Vermont Speaker of the House Rep. Shap Smith (D-Morrisville), Rep. Floyd Nease (D-Johnson) and State Senator Susan Bartlett (D-Lamoille County). This forum was the ninth of its kind scheduled in recent weeks by the Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign (HCHR), a statewide grassroots organizing effort coordinated by the Vermont Workers’ Center (VWC) which aims to change what is politically possible in health reform in Vermont.

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2009 Press Conference With FAHC Nurses and Sen. Racine Release Healthcare Human Rights Report

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Nurses, Sen. Racine and other Vermonters Say Vermont Must lead Way to Realize Right to Healthcare For All

BURLINGTON - This Human Rights Day press conference will release a report on how Vermont can lead the way in this country to realize the human right to healthcare. The Vermont Workers’ Center has convened forums with many hundreds of Vermonters and their legislators affirming the importance of establishing a universal, equitable and accountable healthcare system. Senator Doug Racine will join nurses and leaders of the Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign to announce that the time has come for the State of Vermont to take a lead in healthcare reform, recognizing the shortcomings of current federal efforts.

Vermont NEA signs onto Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign

Burlington - On December 5th the Board of Directors of the Vermont-National Education Association voted unanimously to endorse "Healthcare is a Human Right", a campaign of the Vermont Workers Center. The state’s largest union, which represents members in every community of the state has joined the AFL-CIO and over a hundred organizations statewide in supporting this growing grassroots campaign to make healthcare a public good for all, divorced from employment.

RELEASE: Healthcare Is a Human Right campaign succeeds in getting single-payer healthcare taken up in 2010 in Vermont Legislature

December 2, 2009
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COLCHESTER - Tuesday evening at the Vermont Workers’ Center’s second Chittenden County People’s Forum on Healthcare held at St. Michael's College, Senator Doug Racine, chair of the Senate’s health and welfare committee, announced that his committee will begin holding hearings on S.88, the bill that, with its House companion, H.100, will put Vermont on the road to enacting healthcare as a human right.

Care For All: Musicians Produce Benefit Recording


Producer and Blues singer/guitarist Scott Ainslie pulled together nine other musicians, and a Grammy award-winning engineer and studio, for a music compilation in support of a Vermont campaign to establish healthcare as a human right rather than a commercial commodity, a public good rather than an economic privilege. Vermont’s Independent Senator Bernie Sanders even turns up in a track.

Bennington Banner article on Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign Event
Forum rallies support for single-payer care
Posted: 11/22/2009 10:27:25 PM EST

BENNINGTON -- Several panelists spoke in favor of a single-payer health care system at a health care forum Thursday night, but significant barriers remain to achieving that goal.

The forum, organized by the Vermont Workers Centers, was meant to rally support for pushing state officials toward a single-payer system in Vermont. The center is seeking action in the upcoming legislative session on House and Senate bills that call for such a system.

New Resource for Vermont's Union Members

VWC has just become an affiliate of Union Communication Services, a 100 percent union bookstore which offers the largest, most varied and helpful selection of hand-picked books ever created for union leaders, activists and rank-and-file members. Tools for activists, resources for negotiators, health and safety, economics and labor history, even books for young adults and children. Purchase items through the UCS Online Book Catalog and support the Workers' Center!