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.
Michelle Salvador, vice-president of the Vermont State Employees Association, explains why working Vermonters are joining together to take a stand against devastating budget proposals that would result in the loss of good jobs and vital services important to so many Vermonters. Vermonters are faced with devastating budget cuts that impair our right to live dignified lives. In this legislative cycle alone, proposals are on the table to:
Rank-and-file VSEA leader John Howe explains that on April 11th, hundreds of Vermonters will be at the Statehouse in Montpelier to provide their own answer to devastating budget cuts: No More Austerity Cuts!
More than a dozen Labor Unions, Advocacy Groups, and Community Organizations, will rally against austerity and for a budget that focuses on equitable taxation, growing a strong, healthy economy and meeting the needs of all Vermonters.
Nick Sheehan of the Rutland and Patricia "Trish" Bennett of the Derby Public Safety Answering Points, which handle both emergency calls from the public and dispatch calls from law enforcement, explain the likely impacts on public safety if the Governor's proposed consolidation of Public Safety Answering Points is adopted by the legislature. The highly trained dispatchers serve as the lifeline for Vermonters, and the police, fire and rescue services responding to emergencies where every second counts.
VSEA Legislative Committee Chair Dr. Leslie Matthews and Executive Director Steve Howard roll out VSEA's alternatives to the Governor's cuts-only strategy that is failing Vermont year after year at a State House press conference. Among others,VSEA was joined by the Vermont Workers' Center's Megan Sheehan.