Tent City Day 2

Day 2 at Tent City for livable wages has been quite the adventure! After being removed from the Main Green because it is “too wet,” we were moved to the tree square right outside of the Royall Tyler Theatre. After assessing this location, we decided that is really a better spot than the end of the Green where we had been set up. The new location is very high traffic for students on campus. It also has power and provides easy access to the rest of campus.

Our message remains the same. UVM must pay a livable wage to call campus workers. We constantly tout our commitment to social justice, responsibility, values, and being leaders in society, yet UVM is consciously not living up to this goal by refusing to provide workers with enough to support their families. This is an issue of redefining poverty and what we want out of our society. People working a full time job deserve enough to be able to support their families. When workers are forced to work two or more jobs, it is a constant struggle to get by, let alone being able to spend time with family. We must create a society that values human life more than it values reputation or profits.

We at Tent City are creating an alternative and demanding that UVM be accountable to its words and its workers. UVM: Do the right thing!

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