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Labor & Workers’ Rights

Good-paying jobs and strong unions are the key to a robust American economy. I am a strong supporter of the American labor movement and in Congress I will be a champion for working people. According to the International Monetary Fund, the increasing rise of income inequality directly correlates to the decline in the labor movement and union membership. I’ll stand up to the rigged system that makes it easier for corporations to send American jobs overseas and fight for initiatives that make sure Long Island workers are prepared for the next generation of jobs.

Strong unions are good for workers, their families, and our economy. We would not have a middle class in America without a vibrant labor movement. Unions brought us the 40-hour work week, overtime pay, workplace safety standards, the end of child labor, pensions and benefit packages, and more.

As a strong supporter of the labor movement, here are a few of the issues we need to work on together:

Restore Collective Bargaining and Defend Workers’ Rights. The need for collective bargaining cannot be overstated. In Congress, I’ll support efforts to protect workers' rights and strengthen the ability of workers to join unions while strongly opposing any anti-union efforts and any pushes for so called “right to work.” These laws in states like Michigan and Wisconsin, which allow workers to opt-out of their unions, are really “right to work for less” laws and have been repressive to labor. I applaud the voters in Missouri for rejecting a "right to work" law, and leaving in place protections for workers there.

Oppose Unfair Trade Deals That Ship Jobs Overseas & Hurt Long Island Workers. Long Island workers are among our nation’s best and, on a level playing field, can compete with anyone. But unfair trade deals have enabled corporations to offshore jobs to developing countries. Any trade policy should be negotiated in the open and designed to help Long Island workers, not hurt them. I’ll reject any trade agreements that don’t meet high standards and have strong enforcement tools to ensure other countries are playing by the rules, especially fair pay for workers overseas.

Protect Pension Plans Americans Depend On. We must ensure that the pension plans that Americans thought they could depend on in their retirement will be there for them, with no reductions. Pensions are compensation that came out of collective bargaining process and it is unfair to devalue them.

Invest in Infrastructure That Creates Good Paying, Union Jobs. At a time when we should be investing more federal dollars into environmentally-friendly infrastructure, we must ensure that the construction workers on these American jobs that can’t be outsourced have the wage protections we’ve promised them for 85 years through the Davis-Bacon Act. I’ll oppose any efforts that attempt to repeal the guarantee of middle class wages for construction workers in New York and across the country.

Protect the Freedom of Working People to Join Together in Strong Unions to Better Themselves and Their Community. Working people should have the freedom to form unions to earn a decent living and get ahead, have access to health benefits, have retirement security, and more. That’s why I was on the side of working people who fought against the special interests in the Janus v. AFSCME case. Decisions like Janus have weakened the role of unions to fight for good wages, safe working conditions, and a chance for middle class workers to provide for their families.

I support a $15/hour minimum wage and equal pay for equal work because anyone who works full time should have the means to provide for their family and live a sustainable life in our community. Families should also have access to 12 weeks of paid leave through a national paid family leave policy.

Suffolk County working families need someone who is on their side in Congress and will put forward bold, progressive ideas that put them first. I’ll stand up to the attack on unions and American workers that started in the 1980's with Reaganomics, its trickle-down theory, and its attacks on good, union paying jobs, and which still continues by Republicans today.

I'm a businessman, not a career politician, so I look at things differently.
Government cannot fix our problems, but I believe we can work together to provide opportunity and create an economy that works for all of us.

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