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Here’s How The 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidates Stack Up On Labor Issues

To most Americans, Labor Day marks the end of summer. Cover the pool, stash the lawn chairs get the school stuff and don’t wear white. It’s a shame that more don’t understand the history behind this holiday They enjoy their day off without a thought for the people who died to secure the benefits they take for granted.

This election will be very important for labor. The Republicans have made it clear that they don’t value workers. They oppose a working wage. They favor the corporations that receive subsidies from the federal government yet vilify those individuals who need assistance. Any one of them, if elected, would continue to shred the Middle Class.

Since most of us would rather chew our own foot off than vote for one of the GOP clowns, we need to know about our candidates. There are currently 5 individuals who are running for the Democratic nomination. Here is where each stands on labor, unions, jobs and the minimum wage in their own words. I’ve also included important votes and union endorsements to date:

Hillary Clinton, former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State:

“I got to vote to raise the minimum wage. I put in legislation which said that Congress should not get a salary increase until they did raise the minimum wage, and I am putting that back in, because I agree that by the time we got it raised after 10 years, it was already out of date.” (source)

“The national minimum wage is a floor, and it needs to be raised, but let’s also remember that that cost  of living is different. New York or Los Angeles or Seattle are right to go higher.” (source)

“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs. You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly. One of the things my husband says when people say, ‘What did you bring to Washington?’ He says, ‘I brought arithmetic.’ (source)

“We need you out there fighting against those who would strip away Americans’ right to organize, to collectively bargain, to fair play. No man or woman who works hard to feed American families should have to be on food stamps to feed their own family. All of you should not have to march in the streets to get a living wage. But thank you for marching….We need you out there. I hope that every one of you will continue to raise your voice until we get all working Americans a better deal. I want to be your champion. I want to fight with you every day.” (source)

Endorsements:

American Federation of Teachers 
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers 

 

Clinton scores 85% by the AFL-CIO on union issues.

Clinton co-sponsored bill allowing an Air Traffic Controller’s Union “It is in the best interest of the agency and public safety to have management and labor cooperate in contract negotiations.” (source)

Clinton co-sponsored extending unemployment compensation during recession

Clinton signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Clinton sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act
Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks
Voted YES on increasing minimum wage
Voted YES to extend unemployment compensation during recession

 

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Bernie Sanders, former Mayor of Burlington, VT and current Senator:

“The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage. We need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage–$15 an hour over the next few years. No one in this country who works 40 hours a week should live in poverty.”
(source)

“Union workers who are able to collectively bargain for higher wages and benefits earn substantially more than non-union workers. Today, corporate opposition to union organizing makes it extremely difficult for workers to join a union. We need legislation which makes it clear that when a majority of workers sign cards in support of a union, they can form a union.”
(source)

“It begins with jobs. If we are truly serious about reversing the decline of the middle class we need a major federal jobs program which puts millions of Americans back to work at decent paying jobs. At a time when our roads, bridges water systems, rail and airports are decaying, the most effective way to rapidly create meaningful jobs is to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.” (source)

“There are folks out there who say, ‘it doesn’t impact me, I’m not a union guy, I’m not a teacher, I’m not a civil servant.’ Let me tell you how it does matter to you. Wages are going down in this country for everybody. When you destroy unions there will be no standard at all, nobody left to negotiate decent jobs for the middle class.” (source)

“The largest private sector employer in the United States used to be General Motors, which paid unionized workers good wages and good benefits. Today the largest private-sector employer is Wal-Mart, which opposes unionization and pays low wages with minimal benefits. For the sake of our kids, this path downward must be reversed.” (source)

Endorsements:

National Nurses United
Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2222, IBEW Local 159, Vermont National Education Association and Lithographers Local One-L (source)
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America

Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record

Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks
Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill
Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing
Voted YES on increasing minimum wage
Co-sponsored bill allowing an Air Traffic Controller’s Union
Voted YES on allowing the formation of unions by card-check instead of secret ballot
Voted YES to extend unemployment compensation during recession

 

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Martin O’Malley, former Maryland Governor
“The way you make an economy grow is from consumer demand. And every economist will tell you that if workers have less money, they will spend less and your consumer demand will go down and your economy will not grow. So if only from an economic growth standpoint, we should be extending unemployment benefits for those that are still out there searching for work.”
(source)

“Together, as one nation we must build an American economy that works again for all of us. That means good jobs and wage policies that allow hardworking families to actually get ahead. That means a higher minimum wage, overtime pay for overtime work, and respect for the rights of all workers to organize and collectively bargain for better wages. If we take these actions, the American Dream will live again.” (source)

“Progress is a choice. Job creation is a choice. Whether we give our children a future of more or a future of less – this, too, is a choice.” (source)

Mr. O’Malley currently has no union endorsements

 

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Lincoln Chafee, former Mayor of Warwich, RI, former Senator and Rhode Island Governor

“Today’s system is stacked against the working people of this country. Too many American families play by the rules; they try to get a head by going to school, often at great cost; they work hard all week, and yet barely make ends meet. I will work for a fair tax structure that removes excessive loopholes and tax cuts for wealthy citizens and corporations. I will increase the minimum wage, as we did three times when I was governor. I favor expanding health care to all Americans.” (source)

Voted YES on raising the minimum wage

Vote to pass a resolution to give no enforcement authority to ergonomics rules submitted by the Labor Department during the Clinton Administration. These rules would force businesses to take steps to prevent work-related repetitive stress disorders
(Bill S J Res 6; vote number 2001-15 on Mar 6, 2001)

Chafee scores 31% by the AFL-CIO on union issues

Mr. Chafee currently has no union endorsements

 

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Jim Webb, former Senator from Virginia, Secretary of the Navy, Assistant Secretary of Defense

“These actions [outsourcing jobs] by greedy international corporations that claim on paper to be American are amoral, if not immoral. If you give me the chance I will become the leader of the ANTI out-sourcing of American jobs. Let’s export our products, not our jobs. (source)

This isn’t ideology, it’s just common sense. Good, hardworking people across this state—the middle class, those who are trying to make it into the middle class, these are the people who make our society run—we need to put their interests first, ahead of the multi-billion dollar corporations that profit from their hard, honest work. (source)

Mr. Webb currently has no union endorsements

Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks
Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill
Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing
Voted YES on increasing minimum wage

 

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The country’s largest union, the AFL-CIO, voted to delay endorsing a candidate for the 2016 presidential race. Whoever gets that endorsement will have a huge advantage.

Candidates who support unions, a working wage and job creation are important. If we should end up with a President Trump, Walker or Jeb!, we can kiss the Middle Class goodbye. They would work for the 1% and move to make the rest of us little more than slaves. Your vote can prevent that.

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