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.
Don Trementozzi (CWA) and Mike Spillane (IBEW) discuss the stakes for customers and employees at FairPoint. On October 17th nearly 2,000 FairPoint Communications employees, members of IBEW Locals 2320 (New Hampshire), 2326 (Vermont), and 2327 (Maine), and CWA Local 1400 (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont) began an unfair labor practice strike over FairPoint Communications unwillingness to bargain in good faith, and the company's illegally imposing its final proposals without the parties having reached impasse.
Eric Stone, chief negotiator for the South Burlington Educators Association explains why over 200 teachers are on strike. For almost a year, the teachers tried to reach a fair settlement with the school board. Eric explains that, “they have chosen to ignore the recommendations of a neutral fact-finder. In the last week alone, we’ve made two compromise offers only to be met with manufactured excuses of why they can’t engage in the back-and-forth necessary to reach a settlement.”
Sarah Goodrich and Jennifer Larsen discuss why UVM staff are organizing their union. Assisted by the Vermont State Employees’ Association, staff have petitioned the Vermont Labor Relations Board to schedule an election so the nearly 800 non-teaching personnel at UVM can make needed improvements at UVM through wining union recognition.
Mari Cordes, President of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, discusses the People’s Climate March, the largest environmental protest in history with up to 400,000 people marching in New York City plus other marches and rallies in 166 countries. More than 2,000 Vermonters participated. Many unions and workers’ organizations actively participated in the march. The turnout far exceeded expectations, as people took to the streets to demand action on global warming.