The Vermont Workers' Center is mobilizing for a rally prior to the regional Obama Administration's Health Reform Forum, which is being hosted by Governor Douglas and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick at the University of Vermont at 12 noon this Tuesday, March 17 outside the parking lot side entrance of the Davis Center. We ask you to do whatever you can to join us and help spread the word.
HELP US BUILD FOR THE HEALTHCARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT RALLY ON MAY 1 IN MONTPELIER
Healthcare is a major issue in our communities. All over the state Vermonters are working hard to build for a rally in Montpelier on May 1st that will change what is politically possible in Vermont and declare "Healthcare is a Human Right". The Vermont Workers' Center is asking as many people as possible to sign up to get 10 signatures on a petition that says "I'll Be There on May 1st" for Healthcare is a Human Right.
Saturday February 28th members of the Burlington Livable City Coalition participated in the Burlington Mardi Gras Parade. The theme of the BLCC's float was "Who are the people in your neighborhood." The people riding the float dressed up as working people in our neighborhood and held signs asking questions about lead poisoning, livable jobs and Healthcare is a Human Right. Signs on either side of the float read "Let's make Burlington a livable city for everybody!".
Congratulations to the 20 community and workplace leaders who completed Solidarity School 2009, a comprehensive community and workplace organizing training. They developed skills for organizing, planning strategic campaigns, and fighting intersecting oppressions, and building a movement. We look forward to seeing all the great work Solidarity School participants continue to do in their communities. Solidarity School graduates will be recognized at our Annual Membership Assembly and Dinner on June 6th, 2009.
Health horror stories heard at forum
NEAL P. GOSWAMI, Staff Writer
Friday, February 20
BENNINGTON — Erica Rogers, a cancer survivor, thought her worries about health insurance would be over when she was approved for the state's new Catamount Health plan.
"I thought, 'this is going to be great, I finally have health insurance' — until I got the bill," she said Thursday during a forum on health care sponsored by the Vermont Workers' Center.
On February 10th 200 people rallied on the Statehouse steps to stop the Governor's proposed budget cuts to services and jobs--cuts that will hurt the most vulnerable Vermonters. To get involved to stop the cuts, contact the Vermont Workers Center and stay tuned for next steps.
Click here to see the VWC Statement on the Budget Cuts: http://workerscenter.org/node/9
Hundreds of Vermonters gathered in fourteen locations around the state yesterday to send a strong message to the Douglas administration not to cut jobs or services. The vigils were organized by Save Our State, along with the Workers' Center. See the Workers' Center's position on the budget cuts.
Following the vigils, over a dozen Workers' Center members met Governor Douglas at the airport late last night (his plane was late, but in the Channel 5 news you'll see that our wait paid off).
Almost 600 hospital technicians at Fletcher Allen Health Care (FAHC) are organizing to form a union, as the nurses did back in 2002. The techs and nurses are now calling on FAHC Administration to recognize their right to organize and not waste thousands of healthcare dollars on an expensive anti-union campaign. Since they formed a union in 2002 they have improved their working conditions to such a degree that what was a critical nursing shortage virtually disappeared. The union simply made the hospital a better place to work.
No one doubts that we are living through difficult economic times. For many working-class Vermonters, the current economic crisis is simply an intensification of the long crisis that we have been experiencing long before the recent financial meltdown. For the last several decades, there has been a shift in government and public policy towards helping the rich get richer at the expense of working people.
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