JOBS, WAGES & THE ECONOMY

 

Southern Nevada was hit exceptionally hard by the pandemic and, instead of learning from the mistakes that pushed us into financial crisis, status quo politicians are setting us up for yet another failure. An economic system that fails to realize that politics and profit are intertwined and sacrifices the working class for corporate profits is as cruel as it is unstainable. While people across Las Vegas and the country were forced to stand in hours-long food distribution lines, the richest people in the world multiplied their wealth and took vacations to space.As an accountant, former CFO, and local small business owner, I understand that the math here doesn’t add up. As a former single mother who relied on WIC and foodstamps to get by, I understand the challenges that the working class faces. I know that we deserve more.

WORKERS ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY—IN LAS VEGAS AND EVERYWHERE. IT’S TIME TO PUT WORKING PEOPLE FIRST.

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RECENT ECONOMIC HEADLINES:

 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL · 08/26/2021

Nevadans worry about future as enhanced jobless benefits set to end

 

NEVADA CURRENT · 08/12/2021

New report warns of potential homeless surge following the pandemic

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL · 06/02/2021

Las Vegas unemployment rate second highest in US in April

 

RENO GAZETTE JOURNAL · 01/05/2021

Las Vegas has highest unemployment rate among largest metro areas

 

People are starving and struggling to pay bills month after month while politicians in DC—much like Nevada’s own Legislature—take years to debate whether $12 or $15 per hour is a more palatable option for working class families. Meanwhile, the cost of living continues to skyrocket, inflation rises, and our families are left in the dust. The Fight for $15 movement is nearly a decade old, and we’ve barely made strides. People need to be making a living wage that is tied to inflation, because nobody should be left behind by a system that has created some of the richest individuals in the world. As your Congresswoman, I will fight to make sure that you are paid your fair share so that you can live your life with dignity.

As we face the serious prospect of our home in the Mojave becoming uninhabitable within our lifetimes, we have to wrestle with existential questions about the cost of continued growth versus our ability to sustain our existing population. And if we do invest in more growth, we should be investing in the urban core of Las Vegas—the heart of the First Congressional District—where we could be growing up, not out, and putting resources into our communities that have been getting left behind for decades.

Our unions and workers are under attack. Wages are plummeting and debt has increased in direct correlation with the drop in union density in this country. Politicians, taking orders from the corporate bosses who fund them, have chipped away at collective bargaining rights to the point where they barely exist. Every worker, no matter where they live, deserves the right to a safe, stable, good-paying job where their collective bargaining rights are respected.

Gone are the days of pretending that racial and gender wage gaps don’t exist. We have to close the wage gap, end the pink tax, and invest in communities that have been shut out of the so-called American dream, starting with our Black, brown, immigrant, and undocumented neighbors. I will make sure that the marginalized members of our community have equitable access to federal resources, investments, and stimuli.

The Green New Deal offers a framework to provide 20 million union jobs with living wages to Americans by offering a federal job guarantee. What better way to put people back to work than by creating a sustainable future?  We can (and must) connect the economy with the climate, putting people to work to counteract the effects of climate change and helping to stabilize the job market.

We must hold the ultra-wealthy and large corporations accountable and have them pay their fare share. By establishing an annual tax on the top 0.1% of US households and instituting taxes on Wall Street Speculation and fossil fuel companies, we can start building a sustainable future for everyone: a future that includes Jobs for All, Housing for all, Education for All, Medicare for All, and a Green New Deal. 

 

WHEN ELECTED, YOU CAN COUNT ON MY SUPPORT FOR THE FOLLOWING

POLICY PRIORITIES AND LEGISLATION ON DAY ONE:

  • Pass a Green New Deal, creating thousands of union jobs across the country that put people to work by rebuilding America’s infrastructure for the 21st century
     

  • Through the Green New Deal, institute a federal Jobs Guarantee for all
     

  • Ensure a living wage, thriving wages for all via a higher minimum wage that is pegged to inflation
     

  • Close the racial and gender wage gaps and make sure all are compensated fairly
     

  • Make paid sick & family leave a requirement for all employees
     

  • Federal workers deserve the same rights as their public counterparts, including the right to organize, collectively bargain, and to strike
     

  • End worker misclassification that allows employers to take advantage of typically low-wage workers by mislabeling them as an “independent contractor” or “supervisor” 
     

  • Ban employers from forcing anti-union propaganda and meetings upon their employees
     

  • Repeal Section 14(b) of the Taft Hartley Act, eliminating “Right To Work For Less”
     

  • Institute a wealth tax on ultra-wealthy individuals and large corporations to fund basic necessities for all
     

  • H.R.842 - Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021, introduced by Rep. Robert Scott
     

  • H.R.1909 - Citizenship for Essential Workers Act, introduced by Rep. Joaquin Castro in 2021 
     

  • H.R.7 - Paycheck Fairness Act, introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro in 2021
     

  • H.R.564 - Comprehensive Paid Leave for Federal Employees Act, introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney in 2021
     

  • H.R.4841 - To prohibit forced arbitration in work disputes, and for other purposes, introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler in 2021
     

  • S.2569 - Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Act, introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2021
     

  • H.R.4895 - Sending Unconditional Payments to People Overcoming Resistances to Triumph (SUPPORT) Act, introduced by Rep. Ilhan Omar in 2021
     

  • H.R. 4984 - the Genuine Progress Indicator Act, introduced by Rep. Ilhan Omar in 2021

 

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