Worker's Rights

Workers deserve better than to live in poverty and insecure employment. We must work tirelessly to ensure that every worker is paid the wages of a decent living, protected from arbitrary firing, guaranteed work when they cannot find it on their own, protected and supported in their efforts to unionize their workplaces, and kept whole in every other way. Workers are our backbone, and we must have the spine to treat them accordingly.

• Increase the federal minimum wage to $15/hour, and index it to future inflation.

• Expand union membership.

• Establish federal protections against the firing of workers for any reason other than “just cause.”

• Provide unions the ability to organize through a majority sign up process, and enact “first contract” provisions to ensure companies cannot prevent a union from forming by denying a first contract.

• Deny federal contracts to companies that pay poverty wages, outsource jobs overseas, engage in union busting, deny good benefits, and pay CEOs outrageous compensation packages.

• Eliminate “Right to Work for Less” laws, and guarantee the right to unionize for workers historically excluded from labor protections, like farm workers and domestic workers.

• Enact a federal jobs guarantee, to ensure that everyone is guaranteed a stable job that pays a living wage.

• Create millions of jobs as part of the Green New Deal, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and creating a 100% sustainable energy system.

• Create millions of healthcare jobs to support our seniors and people with disabilities in their homes and communities.

• Create new jobs in early childhood education.