A basic right to organize

To the Editor:

"Workers in all states, regardless of economic sector and job title or responsibility, must have a basic right to organize and bargain collectively." This is the language of a nonbinding resolution passed by the Vermont Senate one year ago in support of working people in Wisconsin. Today, this same senate has the opportunity to recognize this right for thousands of hardworking Vermonters, and to make real and meaningful change for children and families by passing collective bargaining rights for early educators.

I am an early educator. I live in Cabot and own and direct a child care program in St. Johnsbury. For the past two years I have been organizing with my colleagues to build our union, Vermont Early Educators United-AFT. After four decades in the field, I know it is high time we are respected for the work that we do and have a voice in decisions that impact our profession. That is why I am calling on our senators to follow their own resolution and pass collective bargaining for early educators this session.

Judy Pransky

St. Johnsbury, Vt.

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