Over the past couple years, the Vermont State AFL-CIO and its membership have embraced a more democratic, rank-and-file strategy, building up bonds of solidarity with community organizations, and bringing much-needed energy into a labor council that was on the verge of dying. Instead of commending and encouraging these efforts, however, the AFL-CIO national and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka are monitoring, investigating, and threatening “further action” against the Vermont labor council. Why? We talk with David Van Deusen, President of the Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
- Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO website, Facebook page, and Twitter page
- Vermont AFL-CIO Ten Point Program
- “Historic Vermont General Strike Authorization Vote”
- Steve Early, CounterPunch, “Why is AFL-CIO So Worried About Its Vermont Affiliate?“
- Pacifica Radio, “MAY DAY 2021- A COVID, RACE, & DEMOCRACY SPECIAL“
Featured Music (all songs sourced from the Free Music Archive:freemusicarchive.org)
- Jules Taylor, “Working People Theme Song”