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    Posted April 5, 2011 by
    Hanover, New Hampshire
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    Union protests

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    Monday April 4th 2011 marked the 43rd anniversery of the assasination of Dr. Martin Luthor King jr while he was in Memphis to support sanitation workers fighting for the right to collectively bargain. Across the USA thousands marched in different protests  and vigils across the country supporting the rights of Civil, State and Municipal workers to collective bargining.


    Helen Scott, a professor at the University of Vermont walked with unionized bus drivers from the Chittenden County Transit Authority who were protesting Monday afternoon in Burlington plans to cut their hours and pro-rate their benefits by administrators at the CCTA. "...these drivers play an important role in the community. They deserve to be able to work regular hours" said Scott. This protest was one of hundreds across the nation Monday.


    Members of UEvermont held an informational meeting in Montpelier Vermont Monday evening to discuss ways of supporting protesters in Wisonsin and carried out a candle light vigil as a rememberence of the assasination of Dr. Martin Luthor King.


    In Hanover New Hampshire Tuesday afternoon, students and teachers gathered next to the Dartmouth Green to protest plans by the Dartmouth administration to cut health care benefits in an effort to make-up for losses to the colleges endowment in 2008.

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