I will focus on job creation that will provide livable wages and training in new technologies, emerging industries, and green jobs, so that workers may keep up with societal advancements and changes. One job should be enough. We must continue to fight to protect our unions, strengthen workers’ labor rights, strengthen and protect collective bargaining, and raise the minimum wage. Additionally, we must go the extra mile to defend employee pensions, wages, and jobs in order to protect them from scrutiny, ensure equal pay for women, and stop protectionist trade policies like high tariffs that end up being paid by consumers and hinder our economy instead of growing it.
Today, even though labor unions have been very effective in correcting issues to create safe workplaces for employees and ensuring job security, we have a long way to go to really create a level playing field for workers and put their well-being before profits.
Employers have a duty to retain hard-working employees and fight against layoffs and terminations in order to ensure long-term job stability. This is especially important as companies continue to reduce the number of employees while they seek to keep up with the pace of technological advancement. This reduces the reliance on certain employees making them less competitive in the job market.
While serving at the Obama administration, my priorities were fighting to ensure higher labor standards in economic policy in order to protect our workers and jobs. As a member of Congress, I will put labor rights, higher wages, better benefits, safer work conditions, and a federal job guarantee at the very top of the national agenda.