Vermont State Senator and Progressive Party Chair, Anthony Pollina, explains that, “low wages and stagnant incomes are hurting many Vermont families and our Vermont economy. No one who works should live in poverty. And, raising wages is one of the most effective ways to overcome poverty, protect Vermonters from Trump’s cuts and create an economy that works better for all of us.”
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Barry Eidlin, an assistant professor of sociology at McGill University and author of the soon to be published book, Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada, and Micah Uetricht, an associate editor at Jacobin, a contributing editor at In These Times, and the author of Strike for America: Chicago Teachers against Austerity co-editor, and the forthcoming
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.
Darren Allen, Communications Director for the Vermont-NEA, explains that the Burlington Education Association wants schools Burlington deserves. This includes affordable health care for teachers and all Vermonters; adequately resourced schools and support for all students; time for teachers prepare and collaborate to educate students; and transparency with how decisions are made by the school district. The BEA developed contract proposals in line with these areas.
Isaac Grimm and Dustin Tanner of Rights and Democracy and the Raise the Wage Coalition talk about campaigning to win the Fight for $15. The legislature's Minimum Wage Study Committee is studying economic projections which estimate that nearly 100,000 working Vermonters would benefit from raising the minimum wage to $15/hour.