EQUAL TIME is where Vermonters talk about issues ignored by the corporate media—mothers opposing toxic pollution, workers fighting for decent jobs, nurses working for health care reform, students speaking out about their education, farmers struggling against corporate agribusiness, and more.
David Walters argues that nuclear power as a low CO2 producing energy source must be part of the solution to uncontrolled global warming. New technologies, such as the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (which doesn’t require any uranium mining, enrichment or long term disposal of spent fuel) and the Integral Fast Reactor, provide the basis for eliminating fossil fuels and for powering a future society without want.
Maggie and Arnie Gundersen from Fairewinds Energy Education make a case that nuclear power Is not the answer to climate change in part because building new nuclear power plants is too expensive and takes too long. Global climate change can be prevented with a renewable electric grid that will become the new normal.
Sen. Michael Sirotkin explains that “misclassification,” a condition in which companies wrongly treat their workers as “independent contractors” rather than as employees, is a growing problem impacting the future of work. Misclassification is a common fraudulent practice in such industries as construction and trucking, and more recently has become a key strategy among companies in the on-demand (or “sharing”) economy as with Uber. By misclassifying their workers, companies are able cut pay, duck standards like the minimum wage and overtime restrictions, and shift risk onto employees.
Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer discusses reports showing that Vermont isn’t ensuring that workers are protected by employment laws as well as problems with the Vermont Training Program. Laws meant to prevent employees from being misclassified as independent contractors aren't being enforced.