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Burlington, February 17-Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss has been endorsed for reelection by the Champlain Valley Labor Council (CVLC), the largest central labor council in Vermont with 17 affiliated union locals in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties. “The decision last night at our monthly meeting in Burlington was unanimous,” said Gerard Colby, president of the CVLC and national president of the National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981.

“Having Bob Kiss as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, during these troubled times is important to the people of Burlington and the wider Burlington metropolitan area in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties affected by Burlington’s economy. His thoughtful approach to problem-solving is a welcome relief from the usual hyperbole of politicians around election time. His door has always been open to working people. He listens, not just hears. At times like these – when working people are facing a national financial crisis with cuts in wages, health benefits, pensions, public services, and even jobs – we believe Bob Kiss has proven to be the mayoral candidate most likely to stand up for the average working Vermonter.”

The CVLC, the official Burlington area council of the AFL-CIO, posed questions to two candidates who could make the monthly CVLC meeting, Progressive candidate Kiss and Democratic candidate Andy Montroll.

“We like Andy but we had serious problems with his suggestion that Burlington replace its defined benefit pension plan with individual 401K investment accounts that leave workers on their own to make investment decisions in a declining stock market,” said Colby. “Unless you are professionally trained in valuations of stocks, market analysis and broader economic trends, individually guided 401Ks are much more vulnerable to fluctuations in the stock market.” Both candidates answered questions on issues facing Burlington, including affordable housing, universal health care, better jobs and wages, and working people’s right to organize into unions for collective bargaining. The elected CVLC executive board is made up of members of the American Federation of State, City and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT, representing nurses at Fletcher Allen Medical Center and professors at the University of Vermont) the National Writers Union (Local 1981 of the United Auto Workers), Alliance@IBM/CWA Local 1701, and the American Federation of Government Employees.

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Bob Kiss Kicks Off Campaign

On Wednesday, January 7, 2009, Bob Kiss kicked off his campaign in front of an enthusiastic crowd of supporters in City Hall.

“Welcome.  Thank you for joining me tonight to help kick-off my re-election campaign.  I want to continue serving as your mayor for the next three years.  We have accomplished a lot, but there is more to do.  Under my leadership, we have created a strong, responsive, and efficient government that has served Burlington well.  This City has thrived.  And, we’ve solved many of the daunting problems the City faced in the spring of 2006.   Over the past few years Burlington has created jobs at a faster rate than the rest of the state and those jobs are paying higher wages.

“But now more than ever, we can’t lose ground. We must continue to use taxpayer dollars wisely,  build our economy and create even more jobs.  My record over the past three years speaks for itself.”

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Bob Kiss Campaign Kickoff Speech

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