Laurie Aunchman, President of the Vermont President of the Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (VFNHP), Local 5221, explains the issues behind the nurses efforts to win a contract that would address the problem of uncompetitive wages for nurses and support staff that are the root cause of chronic understaffing at the hospital, negatively impacting patient care and leading to burnout, and high levels of turnover at the hospital.
Kate Logan, of Rights & Democracy, and Cathy Albisa of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), discuss the need for a broad discussion and organizing leading to the creation of A New Social Contract: Collective Solutions Built by and for Communities.
Rights & Democracy health care leader, Mary Gerisch, talks about why the Green Mountain Care Board vacancy should be filled by someone who will be a voice for the interests of everyday Vermonters in need of health care. The vacancy should be filled by someone who supports the Board's mission (as set out in Act 48) to ensure universal access to and coverage for high-quality, medically necessary health services for all Vermonters.
Anu Partanen, author of The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life, discusses what the Nordic countries can tell us about creating a better country. Anu is joined by Isaac Grimm, lead organizer of Rights and Democracy Vermont's Raise Up Vermont campaign.
Dustin Guastella, part of the leadership of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the largest socialist organization in the United States, talks about Medicare for All, what it is and what it will take to finally win it. The aim is to create a single healthcare system that is free at the point of service: with no premiums, no co-pays, and no deductibles for all medical services. Winning will require an unprecedented level of mobilization and organization.