Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign/VCIL Float Wins BEST in Bennington Battle Day Parade

The award-winning floatThis Sunday the Bennington Healthcare is a Human Right organizing committee teamed up with Vermont Center for Independent Living to ride on the float they had worked on for weeks in the Bennignton Battle Day Parade. The prize-winning theme was "Still Fighting for our Rights" and many of the participants were dressed in costumes.

Huge Crowds at Sen. Sanders Town Meetings say Healthcare Is A Human Right

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Rutland and Arlington, VT - People started arriving for Senator Bernie Sanders Town Meeting on Healthcare in Rutland at 5am this past Saturday. That's four and a half hours before the event was to begin. In total 600 more people arrived, from all over the state for this much anticipated event, where the Vermont conservative right wing hoped to show a huge amount of opposition to any government involvement in healthcare.

VWC Statement on Honduras Coup

The Vermont Workers' Center joins our brothers and sisters in trade unions and grassroots organizations in the US and throughout the world in strongly condemning the illegal coup carried out by the Honduran military on June 28, 2009, in which the democratically-elected president, Manuel Zelaya, was kidnapped and forcibly taken to Costa Rica. We completely reject the claim, widely circulated in the corporate media, that this coup was somehow justified by President Zelaya's plans to consult the Honduran people about constitutional reform.

Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign Marches in 4th of July Parades Across the State

story_IMG_0206_1.JPGMembers of the Vermont Workers Center participated in 4th of July celebrations in Bennington, Brattleboro, Lyndonville and Montpelier spreading the word and organizing around Healthcare is a Human Right.

Healthcare is a Human Right leaders began collecting hundreds of postcards to our legislators demanding our basic right to healthcare. You can help too! Check out our "Organizer's Toolkit" and call us at (802)861-4-VWC.

If you are interested in getting involved organizing for Healthcare is a Human Right, collecting postcards or becoming a member of our Art Committee (street theater and more!), contact us!

Victory at Hospital: Techs vote in a landslide election to form a union at Fletcher Allen

Last Thursday the hospital techs at Fletcher Allen voted 160 - 87 to join the nurses union, Vermont Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals, UPV-AFT Local 5221.

“We joined the VFNHP so that we can work with the nurses and the hospital to ensure respect for the employees and quality care for our patients.”
-Chris Gonyeau, a Respiratory Therapist at Fletcher Allen

Workers' Center Gets Close to Filling the Gap

The Workers' Center is happy to announce we are closing in on filling the $30,000 funding gap! After the massive "Healthcare is a Human Right" rally on May 1st, the VWC lost a $30,000 grant from a national foundation because we refused to take a position limiting women's reproductive rights. (See background and link to media coverage here)medium_DSC01519.JPG

Now, after our Annual Celebration in Barre and the "Fill the Gap" tour with performers Si Kahn and Scott Ainslie, we've raised over $27,000 and we're getting really close! If you want to help us finish filling that gap, go to www.workerscenter.org/donate or call us at (802) 861-2877 if you want to help us raise the money to keep this movement growing.

"There's been a huge outpouring of support. Our whirlwind tour over the the last four days of concerts, house parties and gatherings across the state has shown us that, for one, Vermonters believe healthcare is a human right, that the time is now to build a huge statewide movement and we are going to let nothing and no one get in our way. They've also shown Vermonters believe that that when we say healthcare is a human right, it includes women's rights," said James Haslam, Director of the Vermont Workers' Center.

Victory at Fletcher Allen! Landmark Agreement reached between Nurses and FAHC!

The members of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, the Nurse’s union at Fletcher Allen Health Care (FAHC), have a tentative agreement on our third contract. The agreement includes a free and fair process for organizing for the remainder of the employees at the hospital as well as improvements to wages, education and health insurance. This is a tremendous victory for the nurses, techs, all FAHC staff and for patient care. Big-time congratulations are in order for their tremendous hard work.

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BURLINGTON - For the past several months, Technical Professionals at Fletcher Allen Health Care (FAHC) have been organizing for better staffing and quality patient care at Vermont's largest hospital. Staff in a wide variety of positions, such as Emergency Department Techs, Pharmacy Techs and Respiratory Therapists, all of whom are critical to the hospital's ability to provide quality patient care, have been organizing to join the healthcare union, Vermont Federation of Nurses & Health Care Professionals UPV/AFT Local 5221.

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