Retirement Security

The State Employees Agenda for Good Government

Dr. Leslie Matthews, Vermont State Employees Association Legislative Committee Chair, and state employee retiree Tony Smith discuss the State Employees Agenda for Good Government . VSEA members have overwhelmingly endorsed an ambitious legislative agenda for the upcoming 2014 session.

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!

Labor Party Time? Not Yet

Mark Dudzic, co-author of Labor Party Time? Not Yet discusses the substantial organizing initiative in the mid-1990s by a group of progressive unions and labor activists to build a labor party - making an important contribution to understanding our history and guiding our future efforts at independent political action. "We would be hard-pressed to identify a period of U.S. history where the need for a labor-based political party was greater than it is now.

Fiscal Ciff Debate: Austerity & a Grand Betrayal

Prof. William Black explains the fiscal cliff narrative is an effort to begin unraveling the social safety net — Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps... The focus on a tiny increase in revenues from the wealthy is a distraction (watch my left hand, while all the magic is taking place in the right hand) while the giveaways are massive in return. He argues that this can only come from a a Democratic president, because it's toxic for any national-level Republican candidate.