Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at the United Steelworkers "Rally for Workers Rights" in Washington, DC. Speaking from the West Lawn of the Capitol, Senator Sanders stressed the importance of passing the Employee Free Choice Act, of which he is a co-sponsor, and his opposition to current trade policies that ship good-paying jobs abroad. The USW represents 850,000 workers in the U.S. and Canada employed in the industries of metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining and the service sector.
Senator Sanders met with the Afterschool Alliance and the Vermont Out-Of-School Time Network to discuss the need for quality and affordable afterschool programming in Vermont and around the country. Also attending the meeting were three young students from Vermont: Ashley Gant, Shannon Thibeault and Kristen Keene.
Sen. Sanders held his first meeting with the newly formed Vermont Senior Advisory Council. The council is made up of over twenty representatives from Vermont senior organizations and is working together to assess and address problems facing Vermont's Senior Citizens.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with Bryant Watson and Pat and Star Poulin from the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers to discuss snowmobile issues such as public land access and environmental preservation.