VPP Resolutions

The following resolutions have been adopted by the State Committee of the Vermont Progressive Party.

Make VPP the Party of Labor

Resolution: Make VPP the Party of Labor in Vermont

 

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.

 

Adopted November 7, 2015, VPP State Convention 

Resolution in Support of Bernie Sanders for President

 

Whereas Senator Bernie Sanders is currently seeking election as President of the United States; and

  

Whereas, the Vermont Progressive Party’s current Party Platform asserts our positions on many social and economic justice issues that align with Sen. Sanders’ campaign platform; and

 

Whereas Progressives believe in a strong, sustainable economy that supports all people, not just the top 1% and Sen. Sanders has consistently advocated for the working and low-income people of Vermont and the United States; and

  

Whereas Progressives believe healthcare is a human right and should be provided through a publicly financed system and Sen. Sanders tirelessly advocates for universal healthcare;  and

Whereas Progressives and Sen. Sanders recognize the importance of climate change on both our environment and our economy; and  

Whereas Progressives recognize that deeply rooted racism and white privilege needs to be abolished wherever they exist and Sen. Sanders is listening to black leaders, addressing deeply internalized racist structures, and developing racial justice policy, and

  

Whereas Progressives and Sen. Sanders stand for sensible sentencing reforms which seek to protect communities while reducing the overburdened prison system; and

  

Whereas Progressives believe a strong education system is essential to citizen participation in a democratic society and Sen. Sanders is the only candidate who advocates to lift the heavy burden student loans place on young adults seeking higher education; and

  

Whereas Progressives and Sen. Sanders believe that all people should have access to paid sick leave and paid parental leave so that working people cannot be penalized for taking care of our families;

  

Whereas Progressives believe veterans deserve medical, emotional and financial support for their service to the country and Sen. Sanders continues to be the most outspoken candidate in support of our veterans; and

  

Whereas Progressives believe in non-military policies to resolve international conflict and Sen. Sanders understands the need to use cooperation and diplomacy to improve our relations with the world; and

  

Whereas Progressives believe in limiting the influence of corporations and excessive money in campaigns via super PACs and Sen. Sanders is committed to not accepting campaign contributions from such entities; and

 

Now therefore be it resolved, the Vermont Progressive Party State Committee here assembled commends Sen. Bernie Sanders commitment to progressive values; and

 

Be it further resolved, the Vermont Progressive Party State Committee hereby encourages its members to support the candidacy of Sen. Sanders for President of the United States in the 2016 election.


Adopted Sept. 19, 2015. 

 

 

Resolution on Justice for Trayvon Martin

WHEREAS, Trayvon Martin was murdered at point blank range by George Zimmerman for “walking while black” in a neighborhood where Trayvon was staying with his father, after Zimmerman racially profiled and followed Trayvon, despite being told by police to stay in his car;

WHEREAS, the acquittal of George Zimmerman exposes the blatant racism inherent in our judicial system and the effect that racial bias has on prosecutors, juries, and the media;

WHEREAS, African-Americans in similar situations have been convicted and are serving jail sentences for attempting to defend themselves from bodily harm, notably in the case of Marissa Alexander (also of Florida), a victim of domestic violence who was attacked by her husband and fired a bullet into the ceiling; although there was no injury to her attacker, she was given a prison sentence of 20 years;

WHEREAS, the Police Departments of Burlington, South Burlington, UVM and Winooski have participated in data collection on racial disparities in traffic stops since 2009 and a 2012 report on that data concluded there were significant racial disparities in traffic stops, outcomes of stops, arrests and searches;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Vermont Progressive Party condemns the racial biases in our judicial system and at all levels of government and urges our fellow citizens, both those in and out of public office, to ask themselves what they can do to address this ongoing and pervasive problem of racism in our culture;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Vermont Progressive Party urges the Department of Justice to bring federal charges against George Zimmerman;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Vermont Progressive Party will work towards ensuring that racial disparities in traffic stops, and in the criminal justice system generally, are eliminated by 2018 by advocating for more training and oversight for police;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Vermont Progressive Party will advocate that all school districts be required to produce annual reports on racial disparities in disciplinary actions in the schools, with a goal of ending such disparities by 2018;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Vermont Progressive Party will advocate for increased recruitment and hiring of people of color by state and local government and school districts throughout Vermont;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Vermont Progressive Party will advocate for increased anti-racism and cultural diversity training for employees of state and local government and school districts throughout the state;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Vermont Progressive Party will continue to actively work against racism in our communities, in ourselves, and structural racism in our institutions of education and government.

Adopted August 10, 2013

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.

 

 

Resolution to Challenge Vermont Parties and Candidates to work together to voluntarily erase the effect of Super PACs and Corporate donations on Vermont’s election process

WHEREAS; Super PACs spent over $1 million in Vermont in the 2012 election, not only in statewide races, but also in individual legislative districts,

WHEREAS; these Super PACs spent money on behalf of both Democratic and Republican party candidates,

WHEREAS; the effects of growing corporate donations on the democratic process across the country, and in Vermont, in 2012 as a  result of Citizens United is threatening to drown out the voices of individual citizens,

WHEREAS; most Vermonters agree that we should amend the US constitution to make it clear that Corporations are not people and Money is not speech in order to restore our democratic processes,

WHEREAS; it may take 8 or more years to amend the Constitution,

WHEREAS; in our neighboring State of Massachusetts, we saw the candidates for US Senate effectively discourage Super PAC activity in their race by agreeing that if any Super PAC spent money on behalf of either candidate, that candidate would agree to donate half the amount spent on his/her behalf to a charity of the other candidate’s choosing and the effect was that no Super PAC money was spent in the Massachusetts Senate race,

WHEREAS; the Vermont Progressive Party and our candidates do not accept corporate donations,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the State Committee of the Vermont Progressive Party calls on all political parties active in Vermont politics and all candidates running for office in Vermont in the upcoming election cycle 2013-2014 to abstain from accepting any and all donations from corporations,

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the State Committee of the Vermont Progressive Party calls on all parties and all candidates active in Vermont politics in the upcoming 2013-2014 election cycle to agree that any Super PAC money spent on behalf of any party or candidate will result in a donation of half that amount of money by the favored party or candidate to a Vermont charity.

Adopted November 17, 2012

Resolution on Vermont’s Divestment from the Fossil Fuel Industry

WHEREAS; the economic and human cost of the climate crisis is increasing in the US and around the world,

WHEREAS; a large area of the Midwest experienced serious drought
this past summer,

WHEREAS; Hurricane Sandy demonstrated the consequences of rising ocean temperatures combined with increasingly powerful storms,

WHEREAS; the Arctic sea ice is melting at an alarming rate, contributing to a cycle of warming and rising ocean water which threatens islands and coastal areas.

WHEREAS; 20% of the US population lives on the coasts within range of the expected effects of the ocean’s rising,

WHEREAS; the world is currently on the track of a catastrophic 6 degrees Celsius of warming, despite 3 decades of increasingly desperate warnings from scientists,

WHEREAS; some estimates predict that 100 million people across the globe could die in the next 18 years because of climate change and the impacts of fossil fuel use,

WHEREAS; the US is 6% of the earth’s population but consumes 25% of the earth’s resources,

WHEREAS; scientists say that Vermont is likely to be impacted by a lack of snow and serious damage to maple trees and maple syrup production from numerous invasive species,

WHEREAS; both snow and maple trees are the foundation of a significant part of Vermont’s economy,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the State Committee of the Vermont Progressive Party calls on the elected leaders of the State of Vermont to join with colleges and universities in Vermont and across the country and with the campaign led by 350.org to divest its reserves, retirement funds and any and all other public funds from the top 200 publicly traded companies that own the majority of fossil fuel reserves and invest in energy conservation and efficiency in order to send a strong message to other states and other institutions and to provide leadership on this important issue.

Adopted November 17, 2012

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