MONTPELIER — The state's minimum
wage will not go up next year, in spite of a 2005 law instituting an
annual cost-of-living adjustment.
That's because the state's minimum wage cost-of-living adjustment (COLA)
is based on the consumer price index increase from one August to the next.
The CPI has actually declined 1.5 percent from September of 2008, so the
state's minimum wage will remain at $8.06 per hour. The federal minimum
wage is $7.25 per hour.
An adjustment to Vermont's minimum wage law this year stipulated that even
when the price of consumer goods declines, the minimum wage does not...
Coalition Backs Paid Sick Leave
Published September 15, 2009 in Burlington Free Press
Advocates on Monday gave a new reason to extend paid sick leave to more
Vermont workers: the H1N1 swine flu.
Members of the Vermont Paid Sick Days Coalition said many low-wage
workers go to work when ill or send their sick children to school because
they can’t afford to take unpaid time off from work.
“All Vermonters get
sick, but not all Vermonters have time to get better,” said Colin
Published September 15, 2009 in Times Argus/Rutland
MONTPELIER – With the
threat of swine flu looming this fall and winter, advocates for children
and working families say a law increasing access to paid sick time for
workers is more important than ever.
The Vermont Paid Sick Days Coalition, a group of nearly a dozen labor and
advocacy organizations, say they hope the Green Mountain State will be the
first in the nation requiring most employers to offer paid sick days to
Supporters say the threat of widespread infection from the H1N1 virus,
commonly known as the swine flu, makes the issue even more critical...
A coalition of Vermont organizations wants to mandate paid sick time
for Vermont workers. And they say it's critically important right now
because of the threat of H1N1, and the CDC's recommendation to stay home
from school or work if you're showing any signs of illness.
At a press conference this afternoon, the
Vermont Paid Sick Days Coalition said more than 106,000 Vermonters do not
get paid if they stay home from work, either because of their own illness
or a child's...
Published: June 10, 2009 in Brattleboro Reformer
It seems like a relatively simple thing.
If you get sick, you shouldn't have to choose between safeguarding your
health or getting paid.
Yet 57 percent of Vermont businesses do
not offer any paid sick time to their employees.
A group called the Vermont Paid Sick Days
Coalition recently called attention to this as part of a campaign to get a
new law enacted in the 2010 Legislative session that would give many more
workers in the state paid sick days off...
Two dozen business
managers and human resource directors attended a workshop Wednesday on how
to retain employees and remain profitable -- two challenges in tough
perks you can add to somebody's benefits that don't necessarily cost any
money to your business," said Tara Pfeiffer-Norrell of Vermont Businesses
for Social Responsibility, which co-sponsored the workshop.
Organizers offered tips
to help businesses explore alternative, non-cash compensation for their
Published January 23, 2009 in The Brattleboro Reformer
Last week, the Vermont
Joint Fiscal Office released updated livable wage calculations within the
2009 Basic Needs Budgets report. The livable wage is the hourly wage or
annual income sufficient to meet an individual's or family's basic needs in
Vermont. The legislative report contains six different family budgets that
total the cost of things such as food, housing, transportation, health care,
child care and personal expenses. It reflects a combination of data on basic
Published: January 19, 2009 in The Rutland Herald
between what Vermonters earn and what they pay for basic needs continues to
widen, according to the biannual livable wage report released by the Vermont
Joint Fiscal Office.
The 2009 Basic Needs Budget Report details the cost of basic needs and the
"livable" hourly wage it takes for Vermonters to meet those needs.
The latest livable wage figures increased a combined 15.71 percent for rural
and urban areas in the state from 2007.
Colin Robinson, director of the Peace & Justice Center's Vermont Livable
Wage Campaign, said the wage gap continues to grow because the cost of basic
essentials such as housing, heating, transportation, health care and child
care continue to outpace any wage gains...
January 12, 2009 in the Burlington Free Press
For the nearly 6,000
Vermonters who earn $8 per hour or less, and the nearly 7,000 Vermonters who
receive a tipped wage, Jan. 1 is more than the beginning of a new calendar
year -- it is the day they get a much deserved raise.
Jan. 1, the Vermont
minimum wage will rose to $8.06 per hour...
By Dan McLean
Published January 1, 2009 in The Burlington Free Press
Vermont's minimum wage
rises from $7.68 to $8.06 per hour today -- giving full-time minimum wage
workers a $791 raise this year.
Vermont's minimum wage is
one of the highest in the country and will be $1.51 an hour above the
federal minimum until July 24, when the U.S. hourly rate increases from
$6.55 to $7.25. The state's minimum wage increases at the same rate as the
August Consumer Price Index or 5 percent...
Published: December 31,
2008 in The Times-Argus/Rutland Herald
MONTPELIER — Vermont
will continue to have one of the country's highest minimum wages as it
increases to $8.06 per hour on Jan. 1.
For the next two days, Vermont's minimum wage will continue to be $7.68,
which is among the highest in the country, although it lags behind at least
five states, including California and Massachusetts, according to the U.S.
Department of Labor.
Full details of increases to state minimum wage laws were not available this
week, but at least two other states, Connecticut and Illinois, will see
increases in 2009...
Burlington School District
food service and maintenance workers are celebrating new contracts that will
phase in a livable wage over four years.
The 46 food service
workers, most of them women, will get pay increases of 3.2 percent this
year, 13.3 percent next year, 20 percent the third year and 11.3 percent in
the fourth year of the contract. Starting pay for food service workers will
rise to $15.23 per hour...
By Chris Garofolo Published May 2, 2008 in The Brattleboro Reformer BRATTLEBORO -- Shortly before
the traditional dance around the Maypole, the melodies of old folk songs
could be heard across the Town Common during the 25th annual May Day
Twenty-four volunteers gathered around the pole holding orange and purple
ribbons in preparation for the yearly prance. After some initial confusion
with the maneuvers involved, the participants figured out the correct steps
to complete the dance in a unified manner.
The move was symbolic to
the message of the labor movement...
By Mel Huff Published
January 20, 2008
in The Times-Argus
BARRE – More Vermonters
than ever are struggling to balance their budgets, because their incomes
aren't keeping pace with their living expenses. That was the sobering
message from livable wage advocates who spoke to a group of 16 men and women
who gathered in the basement of Aldrich Public Library on Saturday.
Colin Robinson, the coordinator of the Vermont Livable Wage Campaign,
marshaled the numbers: 72 percent of single parents with one child and 82
percent of single parents with two children do not make a livable wage in
November 1st, 2007 in The Burlington Free Press
paraeducators won a three-year compaign for livable wages in a contract that
raises starting pay to $10.20 an hour this year and to $14.15 an hour in the
fourth and final year of the agreement.
Board ratified the contract Tuesday. It starts retroactive to July 1 and
guarantees salary increases of 6 percent in the first year, followed by
increases of 14 percent, 13 percent and 12 percent in the final year.
employs about 135 paraeducators. They work in a variety of roles...