Create Jobs and a Livable Wage

I support the development of good paying jobs for working families.

  • I am fully committed to raising the minimum wage to a livable wage.
  • Establishing a living wage supports the growth of local economies by circulating currency quickly within the local market.
  • I support legislation similar to Oregon’s S.B. 1532, which establishes a tiered system of determining minimum wage where the rate falls into categories (standard rate, urban, and non-urban) and provides for regional variation. Minimum wage rates would be based on regional indicators, would bring the standard of living in parity with the highest standards around the state, and should be tied to inflation.
  • Apprenticeship programs are a key part of the education necessary to provide living wages for working families. Because they are open to anybody with a high school diploma or equivalent, and offer opportunities for advancements in the trade, apprenticeships provide a strong opportunity for people of diverse backgrounds to advance into well-paid, skilled work.
  • Top priorities in Congress will be to support the development of renewable energy, manufacturing, and natural resource management jobs. 
  • We must develop clean energy (solar, wind, geothermal) to create good-paying jobs and preserve our wilderness and natural resources.
  • Shift tax incentives to clean sustainable energy systems and away from dirty fuels.
  • Trade deals for Oregon businesses should level the playing field by protecting workers and our shared environment.
  • I support community-based solutions, such as the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, that address local issues, meet treaty obligation, and achieve regional policy goals.
  • An established track record of supporting the right to campaign to enforce workers’ rights.
  • Unions provide the critically important role of leveling the playing field for working families, and I firmly support that role and right.

Endorsed by the Working Families Party – a growing progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all of us, and a democracy in which every voice matters.

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