Focus on job creation that provide livable wages, training in new technologies, emerging industries and green jobs for workers to keep up with advancements and changes. One job should be enough. We must continue to fight to protect our unions, strengthen workers’ labor rights, collective bargaining, and raise the minimum wage. Additionally, we must go the extra mile to defend employee pensions, wages and jobs 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. 

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 leveled playing field for workers and put the well-being of employees before profits.

Employers have a duty to retain hard-working employees and fight against layoffs and terminations for to ensure long-term job stability, especially as companies continue to reduce the number of employees, while they seek to keep up with the pace of technological advancement, which reduces the reliance on certain employees, making them less competitive.

While serving at the Obama administration, my priorities were fighting for ensuring higher labor standards in economic policy to protect our workers and jobs, and 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.