workers' rights

IN THE NEWS: VWC stands in solidarity with IBM Workers

The Vermont Workers' Center has a long history of standing with IBM workers. IBM is one of Vermonters largest employers and one of the most profitable businesses in the world, in part by exploiting their workers and by conducting massive layoffs for short term gain. On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, IBM workers all over the country protested this ongoing exploitation. VWC participated locally. Check out the media coverage:

Going Postal!

Organize to Defend Our Postal Service & Vermont Jobs

At a time when we desperately need to create decent-paying jobs, the Postal Service plans to slash 100,000 jobs, shut down many rural post offices, and end Saturday mail delivery, most immediately closing over 250 mail processing centers. This includes closing the White River Junction center with the loss of 245 jobs, and threats to close Essex Junction. This would slow first-class mail, ending next-day deliveries, and put the postal service into a death spiral.

FILM: "Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad" (a little bit of so much truth)

In the summer of 2006, a broad-based, non-violent, popular uprising exploded in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. With its origins in a public-sector workers' struggle (a teachers' strike), the uprising in Oaxaca was not unlike what we are currently seeing in Wisconsin and other states.

But it was the people’s use of the media that truly made history in Oaxaca.

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FILM: "At The River I Stand" documentary of MLK and Memphis sanitation workers strike

6pm, Sunday, April 3rd
Vermont Workers' Center
294 N. Winooski Ave, Burlington

The People's University For Learning & Liberation (PULL) film series presents

“At The River I Stand”

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1994 Erik Barnouw Award for Best Documentary, Organization of American Historians

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!

Public Meeting of Unemployment Benefit Study Committee

September 9, 2009 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Stop Cuts to Unemployment Benefits:
There is a major battle over unemployment compensation ongoing in the Vermont Legislature. Cuts to benefits and eligibility are a very real concern. To date, the lion’s share of the successful efforts at holding back the Douglas Administration's nasty proposal to cut benefits has been borne by the building trades unions. This is an issue that effects all workers. Let us know if you would like to work with the VWC to make sure that more working Vermonters voices are part of the discussion.

Press Conference Rite Aid and EFCA

August 11, 2009 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Employee Free Choice supporters blast Rite Aid with new report on company's union busting at West Coast warehouse
Activists stage protests at Rite Aid stores in six cities, including Burlington.

Vermont Workers' Center Press Conference
When: 3pm, Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Where: Outside Rite Aid, corner of Cherry Street & S. Winooski Ave, Burlington

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