Ever since the Vermont Workers’ Center started the Workers’ Rights Hotline in 1998, we have heard from countless workers and their families about the hardship and suffering caused by the lack of paid sick days. It has become clear that the right to paid sick days is critical for the well-being of workers, their families and our communities. It is core to our human right to a safe and healthy workplace, our human right to health and healthcare, and our need to hold down a job and take care of our family at the same time.
It's been a busy two weeks at the State House for the People's Team. This special report brings you two updates from People's Team Bloggers Liz Kane and Brittany Nevins, who have been monitoring S.59, a bill that would fulfill direct support providers' right to organize, as it moves through committee.
We were asked to testify in the Vermont House of Representatives Committee on Healthcare today. Here is the text. Let's keep organizing!
Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign
Testimony to House Committee on Healthcare
January 15, 2013
Thank you. My name is James Haslam, I am the Executive Director of the Vermont Workers’ Center. The VWC was started in 1998 and launched the Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign in 2008 to change what was politically possible and establish a universal healthcare system.
January 10th, 2013
The People’s Convention for Human Rights is being held August 31 - September 2, 2012 in Burlington, Vermont. You should check out the website (http://vtpeoplesconvention.org/) and definitely register. There are many reasons why you will be excited to have come, but here is my top ten and their order is pretty much interchangeable. See you this weekend!