We, the undersigned Vermont citizens support paid sick days for all working Vermonters. Any worker who works more then 30 hours per week should be guaranteed 7 paid sick days annually and they should be pro-rated for part-time workers. Working Vermonters across the state must choose between paying for rent, food or fuel and taking care of themselves, their partner or their children when they are sick. It is unacceptable that over 106,000 working Vermonters have no paid sick days. When workers go to work sick because they can not afford to take a day without pay it puts ALL Vermonters at risk - NO ONE should have to make the choice between their health and their rent or food.
Vermont Livable Wage Campaign
Currently, over 106,000 Vermonters have NO paid sick days to take care of themselves and their family. In hard economic times, Vermonters should not have to choose between their health and paying for food, fuel or rent. With 26% of Vermonters not making a livable wage, tens of thousands without health insurance and fuel cost soaring we must make sure all Vermonters have Livable Jobs.
We will be working closely with partners Voices for Vermont�s Children and the Vermont Workers Center on different components of the campaign, as well as other unions, advocacy organization and business groups. Additionally, we will be working with students at University of Vermont Medical School to look at the public health implications of lack of paid sick days.
We need your help, your support, your commitment, and your energy to make this a reality! If you want to help canvas in your community, organize a forum on paid sick days, or write a letter to the editor send us an email or call 802-863-2345 x8.