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     My grandfather was a sharecropper, until he took a Union job with Swift & Company (a meat packing plant in Moultrie, Georgia).

AS YOUR NEXT U.S. SENATOR FROM GEORGIA, I UNDERSTAND THAT:

  • Georgia is a great state for business, but that comes at a cost to workers. It doesn’t have to.  Doing right by businesses and workers helps create good paying jobs and ensures a trained, quality workforce which businesses need to thrive.
  • Thirty-three percent of Georgia working families earn only poverty wages. About 190,000 Georgians juggle multiple low-wage jobs to keep food on the table. Over six hundred thousand Georgians do not have access to health care coverage at work. Seventy-two percent of low-wage workers in Georgia do not have an employer-paid pension. No one in the U.S. should work a full-time job and live in poverty with little chance at sustainability or prosperity.
  • Unions increase work forces quality, job quality and wages. Indeed, Union workers make on average 13% more than similarly educated workers, and that investment returns to the business and the community many fold.  Our labor policies need to be retooled for the 21st century. We must address the increasing income inequality, low and stagnant wages, and inadequate workforce quality that are holding Georgia workers – and our economy – back.

— Teresa Tomlinson

AS YOUR NEXT U.S. SENATOR FROM GEORGIA, I WILL:

  • Support legislation, such as the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which among other protections will enhance the worker’s ability to join a union and collectively bargain, will penalize employers who unlawfully interfere with or seek to stop the right to organize, ensure “fair share” fees so all workers pay some fraction of the value the Union returns to them, and will stop the misidentification of workers as “independent contractors” or “management” in order to deny them benefits or pay.
  • Support raising the minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour with an automatic Cost of Living Adjustment so that 1) we recognize the base sustainable wage for our working families; 2) we understand that decent wages enhance the work force, the employer, and the economy;  and 3) we ensure our country’s minimum wage never again falls beneath the poverty level for full-time employees. 
  • Support legislation that provides everyone access to basic benefits such as healthcare, paid sick time and family leave.
  • Support a revamping of our 20th Century Unemployment Insurance to a 21st Century Reemployment Insurance, thereby facilitating those who are ready, willing and able to work, but have lost their jobs.
  • Support investment in our nation’s critical infrastructure, which will put Americans to work on creating and updating our nations’ public assets, such as our transportation and energy systems.
  • Support international trade agreements that enhance our access to global markets and benefit American workers and consumers.

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