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.

Why Worker Misclassification Must Be Addressed

Sen. Michael Sirotkin explains that “misclassification,” a condition in which companies wrongly treat their workers as “independent contractors” rather than as employees, is a growing problem impacting the future of work. Misclassification is a common fraudulent practice in such industries as construction and trucking, and more recently has become a key strategy among companies in the on-demand (or “sharing”) economy as with Uber. By misclassifying their workers, companies are able cut pay, duck standards like the minimum wage and overtime restrictions, and shift risk onto employees.

Runaway Inequality & What We Can Do About It

Author Les Leopold discusses the issues and the problems faced by working people in the Labor Institute's new book, Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice. What is the fundamental cause of runaway economic inequality? What has made our economy less fair and left most of us less secure? How does the United States really compare with other major developed countries?

Toxic Xenophobia, Refugees, & Well-Founded Fears

Sen. David Zuckerman (P/D), Katina Cummings and David Finkel explain that we have to denounce the vicious campaign to block refugees from Syria and Iraq from entering the U.S., and speak up in defense of harboring refugees quickly, without bureaucratic delays or blockades thrown up by reactionary racist politicians. The ravings of these politicians reveal the ugly streak of racism, Islamophobia, and outright hysteria in the American body politic that’s ripe to be exploited.

Massive Resistance to Austerity Rocking Quebec

Philippe de Grosbois teaches in a pre-college program in Montreal and is an executive of his local, which is part of the Confédération des Syndicats Nationaux. He discusses the massive resistance to austerity rocking Quebec. For two months 400,000 union members, as well as community organizations, have been on a series of demonstrations and rolling strikes.

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