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.
Jane Slaughter of Labor Notes explains why a "Grand Bargain" Would Be a Social Security Swindle.
If Congress and the President reach a "grand bargain" in the lame-duck session, seniors, the poor, and the disabled will pay for it. Panic-mongers are sounding the alarm so they can get away with cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and more. We need to massively ratchet up our organized resistance or face a historic defeat.
Matthew Andrews, labor activist with Central Vermont Occupy, explains the tremendous significance of the courageous organizing and strike actions by Walmart workers which sparked solidarity actions at 100s of Walmart stores on Black Friday. Matthew also exposed Walmart's responsibility for the conditions which led to the fire at the Bangledesh garment factory that killed over a hundred people.
Teresa Ghilarducci, the nation's leading authority on the economics of retirement, discusses her book "WHEN I'M SIXTY-FOUR: The Plot against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them" about the retirement crisis and proposing a plan to guarantee retirement security for every working citizen.
Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Fernando Gapasin on their new book,Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path Towards Social Justice. Joined by VT workers Center's James Haslam.