150+ brave weather to March For Livable Wages!

Calling for livable wages and public policies that produce real family supporting jobs, over over one-hundred and fifty community members with representatives of over a twenty different local unions march and rallied thoughout Burlington on Saturday.

The rally started at HO Wheeler Elemntary School where Burlington School Custodian Karl Labounty and other school support staff spoke about their fight for livable wages. The contracts for the Burlington School custodians, food service workers and paraeducators expire at the end of June. Stay tuned to help in this struggle for livable wages..

The March went down Church Street, where hundreds of people work in multi-national corporations who could easily afford a livable wage. Note the delegation of the Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) in the photo. SLAP has been leading a multi-year campaign to establish livable wages for all UVM employees and workers at UVM working for contractors like Sudexho. Stay tuned for developments in this struggle. Next the march headed to the Verizon Building on Main Street to to rally to stop the sale of Verizon (www.stop-the-sale.org ).
And then up the hill to UVM..

Outside Tent City Student Labor Action Project leader Kat Nopper speaks to the crowd about the campaign for livable wages and fair employment policies at one of Vermont's largest employers. UVM has been spending hundreds of millions of dollars on new construction, and the VWC and SLAP has been leading a campaign to get the administration to care about the quality of jobs they are creating to build these buildings. To learn more abou the Burlington Livable City Campaign email james@workerscenter.org.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a great event! It was exciting and encouraging to see workers from so many diverse sectors come together in support of livable wages.