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.

Making Our State Government Work Even Better

Steve Howard discusses how we can improve care at the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington, and meet other important human services needs including serving the elderly and Vermonters seeking food assistance through the 3SquaresVT Program by adequately staffing these services. Steve also explains that the core principles of the Vermont State Employees’ Association, include fairness; that they seek to achieve what is fair and equal in our workplaces, in our communities, in the political arena, and within their union.

Why We Should Stand up for the Rights of All Families & Oppose Reach Up Caps

Melissa Bourque explains why we should stand up for the rights of all families and oppose Reach Up caps. The House Human Services and Budget committees had a close vote to impose lifetime limits on Reach Up participants, mostly children and single moms. This would mean families get kicked off of necessary programs after an arbitrary time limit. We should be discussing how to create policy that puts people first, not how to destroy the little we have to support our communities.

Put People First Organizing & Legislation for a Healthy Planet

Keith Brunner, climate justice organizer with Rising Tide Vermont & Vermont Workers Center member, and Leslie Matthews, Workers Center leader, discuss the Put People First movement's environmental justice agenda. At a time when our fossil-fuel-dependent economy, and the politicians in its service, are taking us over the climate cliff, there is an urgent need to build a peoples movement from below that can radically transform the system.

"They're Bankrupting Us!": And 20 Other Myths about Unions

From Wisconsin to Washington, DC, the claims are made: unions are responsible for budget deficits, and their members are overpaid and enjoy cushy benefits. The only way to save the American economy, pundits claim, is to weaken the labor movement, strip workers of collective bargaining rights, and champion private industry.

Huge Put People First Movement Legislative Kick Off

Brittany Nevins of the Vermont Workers Center and Ben Johnson, President of the Vermont AFL-CIO discuss the Put People First movement's huge legislative kick off and agenda.This is what democracy looks like!

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