Raise Up VT! Livable Wages & Paid Sick Days

This year's Vermont Legislative session has become a debate about raising up the standards for workers in this state. The good news on paid sick days a broad coalition has taken this issue in the last year from the back burner to the center stage of political debate. However, in many ways national politics around minimum wage and our Governor have created an atmosphere where the focus in the legislature has turned to raising the minimum wage this year and pushing off the paid sick days to next year. There are many who are pushing for these two issues be pitted against each other and rather they be combined together.

On March 18, we had a Raise Up Vermont press conference with two of the most famous people from Vermont. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, joined dozens of Vermont legislators and community members to call for the passage of the paid sick day bill and to raise the minimum wage to a livable wage. Check out this story: http://vtdigger.org/2014/03/18/story-video-ben-jerry-scoop-paid-sick-lea...

The Bennington Banner joined the Rutland Herald and Times Argus as yet another daily paper endorsing paid sick days for all workers. Check out: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/editorials/ci_25380277/support-paid-sick...

The St. Albans Messenger also ran a cover story on paid sick days and livable wages featuring on of our leaders. Here: http://www.samessenger.com/living-wage-minimum-doesnt-cut/

On Thursday, we filled up the first hearing they had on the minimum wage bill, became a paid sick day hearing, too. See Burlington Free Press front page story here http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20140226/NEWS03/302260032/Pus...

The House General, Housing & Military Affairs Committee is expected to take up the minimum wage bill this week. Stay tuned.