Senator Bernie Sanders was joined by AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka at a Capitol Hill news conference to spell out how an immigration bill now under consideration by the Senate would hurt workers in the United States and other countries. Edward Sullivan, president of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, and United Food and Commercial Workers President Joe Hansen also participated in the press conference.
Dylan Courtemanche, a Vernon Elementary School fourth-grader, and his father Michael met with Senator Sanders to discuss the need for more funding to find a cure for diabetes. Dylan, who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for nearly four years, is part of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's annual Children's Congress.
Two groups of approximately 175 Upward Bound students from high schools around the state of Vermont met with the Vermont congressional delegation to discuss current affairs in Washington and better understand the delegates' roles in Congress. Jessica Sprunger of Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax, Vermont presented the Upward Bound pin to Senator Sanders for his leadership on higher education and support for the Upward Bound program. Upward Bound prepares high school students for success in high school and enrollment in college by offering a range of academic, counseling, social, and recreational activities.
Senator Bernie Sanders addressed thousands of workers at a rally in support of the Employee Free Choice Act. The legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Sanders, would create an easier path for workers to win union representation.
Senator Bernie Sanders toured a home construction site in Burlington where workers are learning new skills and using the latest energy-efficiency technology in a project that could be a model for "green collar jobs" of the future. "As we move forward to cut greenhouse gas emissions and reverse global warming, we can create millions of good-paying jobs. But, we will not be able to move as fast as we should unless we have a well-trained workforce knowledgeable about energy efficiency technologies, as well as sustainable energy," Sanders said.