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University of Vermont Students' Demand
To Whom It May Concern:
Students at the University of Vermont, including more
than 1200 who signed the Good Jobs @ UVM petition this
past semester, countless staff, faculty, Sodexho employees,
housekeeping staff, maintenance workers, construction
workers and others all stand together in recognition
of several demands central to a healthy, socially just
We acknowledge that these demands are not new, but
rather have been brought to your attention as well as
to the Board of Trustees over the past several years.
Our concerns are not disparate, but instead are interwoven,
and the concerns of each group reflect concerns for
the whole community.
The blatantly neglectful behavior of your administration
in refusing any substantive resolution to these problems
has been wholly inadequate, and here we call upon you
the administration of the University of Vermont one
last time to take action based on the following demands:
I - The University of Vermont will publicly recognize
the importance of paying a living-wage to all workers
who labor at or on behalf of the University, whether
they are directly employed by UVM or by the University's
The University of Vermont shall adopt a livable-wage
policy to ensure all of its employees and contracted
employees receive a minimum livable wage equal to the
hourly rate of pay determined by the state of Vermont's
Joint Fiscal Office for a single person in urban Vermont
The University of Vermont shall pay its employees no
less than a salary based on this livable wage and shall
include the same livable wage figure in its negotiations
and contracts for procurement of services from contractors.
This minimum livable wage shall be paid for all hours
worked, by UVM employees or by the employees of contractors
hired by UVM, at or on behalf of UVM. To the extent
possible, the University of Vermont will revise all
existing contracts to reflect and include this policy
before they are renewed, and all new contracts will
reflect and include this policy.
II - As an institution founded upon the ideals of democracy
and inclusion we call on UVM to agree to move to a strictly
neutral position in regards to any organizing campaign.
It is integral that all members of the University community
are allowed to make their own decisions, free from coercion
about whether they want a union.
When more than 50% of workers in a unit sign cards
authorizing representation by a particular union the
university will agree to recognize this union, a process
known as "card check", rather than forcing
workers through the complicated and undemocratic National
Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election process. Furthermore,
The University shall revise all existing contracts with
subcontractors to reflect this requirement.
III - In an effort to promote positive community standards
and buildings of the highest quality, UVM construction
will be done by contractors who:
• Have a good safety record and provides training
in the recognition and avoidance of hazards and specific
training called for in the VOSHA standards.
• Shows proof of adequate and relevant insurance
coverage for a particular project and must prove their
compliance with workers' compensation statutes.
• Meets local prevailing wage standards, which
includes health insurance and pension benefits.
• Contractors, who bid on UVM construction projects
should maintain, participate in and contribute to bona
fide apprentice training programs recognized by the
U.S. D.O.L./B.A.T. which must meet twenty-two standards
of apprenticeship regulated and audited by the US D.O.L./B.A.T.,
as outlined in 29 CFR 29.5.
• Are in compliance with the EPA, VOSHA, OSHA
and other regulatory agencies and are in adherence to
wage and hour standards, record keeping guidelines,
child labor regulations and other components of the
Fair Labor Standards Act are good indicators of a stable
We have recognized these demands to be fully attainable
within the budget of the University. We have seen models
of these practices implemented in numerous Universities
nation wide, and expect UVM to stand committed to the
acts of social responsibility we hear echoing from Waterman
to Ira Allen Chapel.
As a leader in the State of Vermont and an institution
committed to social justice the Student Labor Action
Project feels it is imperative that the Administration
and Board of Trustees of the University of Vermont act
on these three demands.
We request an official response no later than Friday,
The Student Labor Action Project