Vermont AFL-CIO: United! Candidates capture all eleven leadership positions following special election. Leftist Shift In VT Labor Affirmed By Locals.
This week a special election will be held for District Vice President positions within the Vermont AFL-CIO. Nominations will be done via zoom on August 12th (5:30pm). Official delegates will receive the call in information via email. Voting will be conducted on-line until Friday.Continue reading VT AFL-CIO Members: Vote The UNITED! Slate This week!
Vermont. Demand a new deal – No to racism – No to austerity – Union yes! 20 Union demands – Picket in Burlington VT June 9. Come and fight for a union based Green New Deal for Vermont.Continue reading 20 Union demands – Picket in #Burlington #VT June 9
Vermont. May 27. 2020. Last week I, as Vermont AFL-CIO President, talked with WGDR’s Carl Etnier (a UAW member) about COVID-19, the health concerns of Early Childhood Educators, the fight of Burlington City workers (AFSCME) to defend their pay and benefits (while not suffering layoffs), the need to rebuild the economy through a more directly democratic Green New Deal, and Labor’s support for Progressive David Zuckerman for Governor.Continue reading Vermont AFL-CIO President Speaks: Demand A New Social Contract That Puts Workers First & Fight For A Green New Deal!
75 Years ago (May, 1945) the United States, Great Britain, The USSR, and Allies emerged victorious over Fascism in Europe; Nazi Germany surrendered. While the price was high (hundreds-of-thousands of American soldiers dead, tens-of-millions more around the world), no one can rationally argue that the sacrifice was not needed. This was, after all, a Just War; one of the few which lacked any moral ambiguity. We were on the side of right, engaged in a historic battle against evil incarnate. Fascism had to be crushed if we were to not enter a new dark age of barbarism equipped with ledgers and death camps. The drum beat of war had to be answered as no other response was capable of overcoming this existential threat to liberty.Continue reading Honoring our grandfathers: 75 years ago we defeated Nazi Germany – The war against fascism was won in May 1945
Vermont. April 1, 2020. Much progress has been made in the Green Mountains since the start of the Coronacrisis. And all Vermonters should recognize the rapid progress thus far achieved.Continue reading #VT AFL-CIO: Much progress has been made in the Green Mountains since the start of the #CoronaCrisis
March 20, 2020. Montpelier, Vermont – In the seven days since the Vermont AFL-CIO put forth a list of demands to State government on behalf of ALL working class Vermonters, we have seen meaningful progress.Continue reading Combating the #coronacrisis: Where we stand – Where we need to be -Social Benefits extended to #Vermont workers so far
March 3rd, 2020, Vermont -Being the first Tuesday in March, it is Town Meeting Day in Vermont. Here, unlike much of the world, there are only two layers of government; state & local. And for the vast majority of our 246 towns & cities, local government is composed of a legislative branch that includes EVERY citizen as may gather at an annual (and special) Town Meeting. Most communities introduce, amend, and pass all agenda items (like the town budget, tax rates, election of officers, ordinances, etc.) through a (public) floor vote by all the assembled citizens. This is our traditional Town Meeting system. And having ALL the citizens included in the legislative branch of local government lends itself to working people (who are the great majority) being more informed and more thoughtful about the positions they take (as their opinions, under such a system, very much matter). Vermont is a better place for it.Continue reading #Vermont AFL-CIO on: Town Meeting – Direct Democracy – Elections & Power to the People!
*VT Political Parties To Back Labor Initiatives Or Face Moratorium On Political Endorsements;
*Top Priorities $15 An Hour Livable Wage For All, Card Check, Worker Miss-classification;
*Strategic Partnership With VT Progressive Party On Union Based Green Mountain New Deal;Continue reading #VT AFL-CIO – The End Of Politics As Usual!
Following the election of a new progressive leadership by members of the Vermont AFL-CIO (September 15, 2019), the new Executive Board, on October 6th, unanimously voted to adopt the following as the official platform of the Vermont AFL-CIO. This platform makes the Vermont AFL-CIO among the furthest left major labor organization in the United States.Continue reading VT AFL-CIO Adopts Leftist Platform For Change