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.

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.

Class, Power, and Healthcare: Universal Care Opens Way to Broader Justice

Professor Robert Chernomas, co-author with Ian Hudson, of To Live and Die in America: Class, Power, Health and Health Care and Anja Rudiger, of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative and the Vermont Workers Center's Health Care is a Human Right campaign analyze the U.S. healthcare crisis.

Management Retaliation Against Vermont State Employees & Free Speech

John Howe and Rep. Chris Pearson discuss management retaliation against state employees for testifying to legislative committees. After a two-month-plus fishing investigation, and being put on administrative leave a week after testifying to the legislature, VSEA member and leader John Howe was found to not be in violation of the charges he was being investigated for. See John Howe Cleared! VSEA’s Broader Anti-Retaliation Fight Continues.

Wolff on Piketty: Inequality, the Wealth Divide & Lessons from Our Past

Professor Richard Wolff, author of Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, discusses Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century's research on inequality and the wealth divide while also offering a more systemic critique of capitalism. Piketty’s book is an exhaustive examination of income inequality, based on a formidable database that he and others assembled, that is available online.

Reclaiming the Promise From Early Ed to Higher Ed

Melanie Zinn, who runs the home based HoriZinn Early Learning Program, and Ben Johnson, president of Vermont AFT, discuss the legislative session, particularly education related legislation. After years of grassroots organizing early educators and their allies finally won legislation that recognizes the right of home-based child care providers to unionize and negotiate subsidies with the state. Now, early child-care providers in Vermont will have the opportunity to vote in an election to prove their majority and win a stronger voice through their union, Vermont Early Educators United.

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