Make VPP the Party of Labor in VT

Resolution: Make VPP the Party of Labor in Vermont
Adopted November 7, 2015, VPP State Convention


WHEREAS far too many Vermonters are currently unable to fulfill the American ideas of self-reliance and self-improvement due to low wages, which forces people to seek public assistance and/or work multiple jobs, and results in economic insecurity for families; and

WHEREAS lack of access to high-quality, affordable education and healthcare impedes children, young people, and families across our state and limits their potential; and


WHEREAS Progressives believe that access to all of the above-mentioned things are not only rights that should be afforded to every Vermonter, but also make for sound economic policy; and


WHEREAS employment and wage discrimination on the basis of race, gender, LGBTQ status and immigration status continue to impact Vermonters and should not be tolerated; and

WHEREAS the Vermont Progressive Party is committed to giving political voice to the struggles of low-paid workers, youth, people of color, and others typically shut out of the political process by those who wish to protect the interests of the big corporations and the wealthy elite; and

WHEREAS the Progressive Party stands in solidarity with Vermont’s Labor Movement and will work to bolster the rights of workers and their unions;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Vermont Progressive Party endorses the following remedies to ease the burden on working families in our state:

1. Establish prevailing wage legislation for all contractor and grantees of the State of Vermont to insure that their employees are paid the equivalent wages and benefits of collectively-bargained public sector unions;

2. Include all employers or vendors of state-funded programs under the state Labor Relations Act, making their employees eligible to unionize and collectively bargain;

3. Cap vendor executive pay to no greater than four times the annual wage of its lowest-paid worker;

4. Establish a minimum wage of $15 an hour with built-in COLA to ensure that every working person in our state can afford to live;

5. Enact “Just Cause” legislation to protect the rights all workers from wrongful termination of employment;

6. Fully fund and support quality public education from preschool to college as a right for all Vermonters;

7. Stand up against union-busting tactics (like compulsory anti-union meetings) and support union efforts across the state;

8. Establish prohibitions against the “revolving door” practice; and   


9. Establish a statewide Medicare-for-all system in Vermont; and


10. Enact legislation affirming the expressed privacy rights of both public and private sector employees when engaged in work activity; and

11. Oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and future new trade agreements if they undercut U.S. based producers by favoring countries with weaker labor and environmental laws and/or undermine domestic economic growth, job creation and/or reduce our impact on climate change.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the VT Progressive Party encourages members to submit feedback to the VPP Labor Commission on these and other labor-related issues for discussion and consideration; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the VPP Labor Commission will be empowered to conduct hearings on issues relating to labor practices throughout the state; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Vermont Progressive Party will encourage its legislators to support and prioritize labor issues in the 2016 session; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the members of the Progressive Party undertake to only endorse candidates for office that are strong in their support of organized labor, workers’ rights, and collective bargaining.



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