With Burlington being such a small metropolis, a higher emphasis is placed on community driven by the work environments that carry the city’s success on their backs. Increasingly, the often-difficult conditions of such work have been publicly acknowledged as in urgent need of reform. An investigation into the reality of the life of a typical Burlington employee of such establishments reveals that inappropriate management and a focus on profit over all other considerations, in combination with poor pay and a disregard for the rights of employees, are to blame.

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Last Thursday, in the halls of the Waterman Building on the campus of the University of Vermont, dozens of staffers across various departments — from biology to residential life — lined the hallways outside the executive offices of the school, laptops open, diligently at work. This “work-in” was held to object to UVM’s proposed implementation of new time-tracking software on roughly 700 staff.

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