Labor

Labor unions are among the most important institutions in a democratic society, the keystone of a progressive movement, and one of the most important antidotes to our increasing disparity of wealth a power. I am committed to pro-labor government.

I support:

Repeal of the Taft-Hartley law. This 1947 law, reversing major portions of the 1935 Wagner Act, allows states to pass so-called “Right to Work” laws prohibiting “union shops” – union workplaces that require employees to either join the union or pay a representation fee. It also prohibits the use of “secondary boycotts.” (Secondary boycotts are, for example, is the boycott of a store selling products produced by a labor-law violating company – a tactic the United Farm Workers was able to use very effectively because farmworkers are excluded from national labor legislation.)

Passage of the Raise the Wage Act, raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and index the minimum wage to increase with the median wage growth in the future. (This has passed the House, but will require ending Republican control of the Senate and White House for enactment.)

Passage of legislation requiring worker membership on corporate boards, a policy known as co-determination and in currently in Germany and Scandinavian nations. I support Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Accountable Capitalism Act.