Vermont Commission on Women and Main Street Alliance announce paid family and medical leave forums

News Release — Main Street Alliance of Vermont
Aug. 19, 2015

Lindsay DesLauriers
Main Street Alliance of Vermont
802 343 7423
[email protected]


Burlington, VT – Vermont Commission on Women and Main Street Alliance of Vermont will host a series of community breakfasts across the state on long-term paid family and medical leave to explore the possibility of developing and implementing a state-run Temporary Disability and Caregiver Insurance (TDCI) Program.

The Vermont Community Foundation has provided financial support to facilitate the coordination of these forums around the state. The Vermont Community Foundation’s Innovations and Collaborations grant program supports projects that help nonprofits collaborate across issues and sectors to develop common solutions to community needs.

Participants will explore: the need for a TDCI program in Vermont; how similar programs have been implemented in other states; and what a successful TDCI program could look like for the state. The forums will consist of a brief presentation followed by a discussion. Business owners and community members are encouraged to attend and participate in this dialogue.

See below a list of forums:

Brattleboro – Latchis Theatre, Tuesday 9/15 from 8:00am-9:30am.

Manchester – Community Library, Tuesday 9/22 from 10:30am-12:00pm.

St Albans – Back Inn Time, Tuesday, 9/29 from 9:00am-10:30am.

Burlington – Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center Gallery Room, Wednesday, 10/7 from 8:00am-9:30am.
Woodstock – Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, Thursday, 10/14 from 8:00am-9:30am.

These discussions will help inform and shape public policy directions for women and families in our state. In addition to the Vermont Commission on Women and Main Street Alliance Vermont, an Oversight Committee will review findings from these events and provide additional guidance.

Oversight Committee participants represent a variety of constituencies and expertise related to the topic, and include a UVM labor economist, specializing in the political economy of low-wage labor market, as well as representatives from: the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce & GBIC; the Vermont Attorney General’s Office; Vermont Department of Health’s Division of Maternal and Child Health, the Vermont Department of Labor; and Change the Story Vermont, a multi-year strategy to align philanthropy, policy, and programs to significantly advance women’s economic security in Vermont.


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