The Vermont Livable Wage Campaign works to
promote economic justice and livable wages throughout the state of
Vermont. We push legislation at the state and local level as well as
building grass roots and community movements. We have worked on many
different issues and continue to expand and find more ways to gain livable
wages for Vermonters.
Past campaigns have included
the “Higher Standards for Big Box Campaign” to create
a more coordinated effort to raise the standards of Big Box retail
employers who wish to do business in Vermont. The campaign was a coalition
with the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) and Vermont Workers’
Center (VWC) with the goal to use Wal-Mart’s plans for
expansion in Vermont as a focal point to raise the low-road standards of
retail employers as a whole in Vermont. VLWC focuses on public education
and building a statewide media campaign.
We have also had many legislative successes
that have gained higher wages for Vermont workers from increasing the
minimum wage to raising the wage for tipped workers. We provide
reports and information to legislators and put popular pressure on elected
officials to enact policy that ensures Vermonters earn livable wages.