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.
Brenda Siegel, a low wage worker and small business owner, explains why Vermont should raise the minimum wage now to $15 an hour.
Lois Weiner, professor of education at New Jersey City University on the editorial board of New Politics, and author of The Future of Our Schools: Teachers Unions and Social Justice, and West Virginia Teachers Are Showing How Unions Can Win Power Even If They Lose Janus, and Dan La Botz, who teaches in the Labor Studies program of the Murphy Institute, co-e
Martha Allen, president of the Vermont-National Education Association, talks about how to make sure that all Vermont children have the resources and attention they need and deserve. She explains that students are facing more challenges than ever before, and at a time of rising income inequality, we should work to stop the slashing of services working families depend on. We also need to make public education more affordable for more Vermonters by making the way we pay for schools fairer.
Isaac Grimm, Vermont Rights & Democracy's Political Engagement Director, and Raise the Wage coalition coordinator, reviews the legislature's Report of the Minimum Wage and Benefits Cliff Study Committee, and explains why moving to a $15/hour minimum wage by 2020 will contribute to the overall well-being of our families, communities, businesses and state.