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.

Organizing for Universal Healthcare & Climate Justice

Equal Time hosts Heather Pipino and Denise Rixie interview Preston Peck about what he's hearing from Vermonters as he organizes with the Healthcare is a Human Right campaign.
Sophia Hoffacker talks about the upcoming August 8-10th Northeast Regional Climate Justice Gathering being sponsored by the Vermont Workers Center, 350VT and Rising Tide Vermont. Vermonters will be mobilizing to join hundreds of thousands of people for the Peoples Climate March in NYC on Sept. 20-21.

FairPoint Squeezing It’s Workers - a Disservice to the Public

Mike Spillane, of IBEW 2326, and Don Trementozzi, CWA Local 1400, represent the hard-working men and women at FairPoint who build, maintain, and service our critical telecommunications network. They explain that, as the contracts covering nearly 2000 FairPoint employees across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine near expiration on August 2nd, company negotiators are demanding draconian changes and deep concessions.

Supreme Court Deals a Blow to Home Care Workers & ?

Labor Notes journalist Samantha Winslow explains that in another attack on the rights of workers to collectively bargain for higher wages and decent benefits, a divided Supreme Court decision in Harris v. Quinn (made by 5 men over the objections of the 3 women justices and one man) made it much harder for home healthcare workers to form and sustain their union.

State Employees Recommit to Building Member-Driven Organizing Union

June 23rd the VSEA Board voted to name Steve Howard as the union’s new Executive Director. Board members made it clear that they like the recent direction that VSEA has taken: stepped-up internal organizing and first-ever external organizing, improved efforts to empower frontline workers, enhanced steward training, the successful introduction of “open bargaining”, as well as increased grassroots legislative and political action.

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