Vermont May Day rallies support essential workers

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) May 1 is traditionally the day of the worker throughout the world.

In South Burlington, they celebrated with car caravan rally that brought out hundreds.

A group of union organizers, immigrant rights advocates and health care professionals, among others, called for a "People's Bailout." They came together to show solidarity with essential workers.

Jessica Morrison is a nurse. She says COVID-19 highlights the need to support health care workers and Medicaid for all.

"Today we are out here celebrating essential workers and thanking essential workers for the work they are doing and also that they need lifting up that they need protection, adequate protection and pay in order to survive," said Morrison of the Vermont Workers Center.

The car caravan tooted their horns and waved signs. The rally went past the UVM Medical Center in Burlington in support of health care workers' rights.

There were other rallies held in areas including Brattleboro and in West Lebanon, New Hampshire.