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JAN 28, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Vermont lawmakers call for 'economic rights'

(AP) — A group of Vermont lawmakers called Tuesday for a new "bill of economic rights," including a significantly higher minimum wage, guaranteed paid sick days and a requirement that employers have just cause before firing anyone. Rep. Francis "Topper" McFaun, a Barre Town Republican, said he also supports a minimum wage hike partly to find out what effect it would have on jobs and the unemployment rate. After Vermont's minimum wage climbed 28 cents to $7.53 an hour effective Jan. 1, 2007, that year saw the state's unemployment rate climb from 3.9 percent in January to 4.1 percent in ... Read More

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