House Budget Starves Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the House budget resolution that passed today, Amanda Ballantyne, the National Director of Main Street Alliance, issued the following statement:Read more
After small business owners unequivocally told Congress and President Trump that they opposed efforts to dismantle Affordable Care Act, defund Medicaid, and slash vital benefits, some members in Congress are trying yet again. The latest healthcare bill proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Dean Heller (R-NV) is a disaster for small business owners and their communities.
Amanda Ballantyne, National Director of Main Street Alliance, a national network of small business owners, issued the following statement:Read more
Auburn small business owner and Main Street Alliance member, Jason Miller, believes health care is “a basic human right.” He stood up for this value yesterday, at a joint press event between Main Street Alliance of Washington and partner organization WashingtonCAN.
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Small business owners nationwide applaud the 51 Senators who voted against repealing health care, with special thanks to Senators Collins, Murkowski, and McCainRead more
WASHINGTON, DC -- Concerned about health care legislation moving through Congress, hundreds of small business owners gathered on Friday, June 23 for a phone briefing with a key administrator of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to discuss what these changes would mean for their businesses.Read more
Working Families Champions of Change event highlights importance of paid sick days and paid family leave policies
Washington, D.C. – The White House today honors Randy George, as part of its Working Families Champions of Change event. George was recognized for his work to improve the lives of working families in Vermont.
“Our 42 employees are at the core of everything we do – the heart of Red Hen.” George said, “That is why my wife Liza and I insist on providing paid sick days, an equal and livable wage, health coverage, and other benefits that help everyone balance the work they love with the life they lead. Through these workplace policies, we know we’re making our employees more secure, our bakery more productive, and our business more profitable.”
“Through our work in past years to establish a standard of earned paid leave in Vermont, several business owners have stepped forward and stood out as models of great employers and none so much Randy and Liza,” said Lindsay DesLauriers, VT State Director of Main Street Alliance. “Every time I buy a Red Hen baguette, I know that it’s not just about a great product or even about supporting a local business – I know that I’m investing in the kind of Vermont I want to live and work in.”
“Randy George is a true leader in the fight for paid sick days and paid family policies and has taken great strides to move these policies forward in Vermont,” said Ellen Bravo, executive director of Family Values @ Work. “We’re proud of Randy for this well-deserved honor, paving the way for national standards, until no one has to choose between providing and caring for their families.”
In Vermont, H. 187, the Healthy Workplaces Bill, is currently being debated in the General, Housing and Military Affairs. The bill is expected to be voted out of committee this week, and come to the floor next week. The bill establishes a minimum standard of access of three earned sick days for the first two years after implementation, and then increases to five.
These wins come on the heels of President Obama’s call in the State of the Union address for the U.S. to catch up with the 21st century and other world leaders on paid leave. These issues are also being addressed by presidential hopefuls as the 2016 campaigns get underway.
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Family Values @ Work is a network of coalitions in 21 states, including Main Street Alliance of Vermont, working to pass policies that value families at work such as paid sick days and affordable family leave.
The Main Street Alliance of Vermont is an organization committed to elevating the voices of small business owners to advance public policies that are good for small businesses, our employees, and the communities we serve.
Read the report here: Paid Sick Time in Oregon, March 2015