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.

Why South Burlington Teachers Are Striking for a Fair Contract

Eric Stone, chief negotiator for the South Burlington Educators Association explains why over 200 teachers are on strike. For almost a year, the teachers tried to reach a fair settlement with the school board. Eric explains that, “they have chosen to ignore the recommendations of a neutral fact-finder. In the last week alone, we’ve made two compromise offers only to be met with manufactured excuses of why they can’t engage in the back-and-forth necessary to reach a settlement.”

People’s Climate March: a People’s Tipping Point?

Mari Cordes, President of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, discusses the People’s Climate March, the largest environmental protest in history with up to 400,000 people marching in New York City plus other marches and rallies in 166 countries. More than 2,000 Vermonters participated. Many unions and workers’ organizations actively participated in the march. The turnout far exceeded expectations, as people took to the streets to demand action on global warming.

More at Stake Than Wages in UVM Negotiations

Dr. Felicia Kornbluh, a professor of history at the University of Vermont and the director of its Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies program, explains what is really at stake in the contract negotiations which have reached an impasse between United Academics and the UVM administration. The most significant points of disagreement are philosophical and moral, going beyond fair salaries and benefits. What is the purpose of the university? How best can it help students develop critical thinking skills?

FairPoint Workers & Communities v. "Wolves of Wall St."

Mike Spillane, of IBEW 2326, and Don Trementozzi, CWA Local 1400, represent the nearly 2000 hard-working men and women at FairPoint who build, maintain, and service our critical telecommunications network. They explain that management has not been willing to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. The company has been unresponsive to the workers' major proposals. Management has continued to be antagonistic and dismissive of all attempts to reach a fair and equitable agreement.