It’s tough to be a worker in 2020s America. Decades of union-busting and the embrace of tax and trade policies that line the pockets of the rich have left workers behind.
Union representation has fallen by two-thirds since 1950. Taxes are near their 80-year low for the rich and corporations. Workers’ share of the pie has shrunk drastically over the last seven decades and wealth inequality has, unsurprisingly, soared. In Seattle, this is made muchworse by stratospheric housing costs.
While local governments can only do so much to shift the pie, we can provide material support in several key areas. I will fight to:
- Build middle wage and family sized housing all over the city and alllow housing of all sorts in all residential areas, as requested by the MLK Labor Council.
- Ensure the availability of high-quality, subsidized affordable child care through direct subsidies, legalization in all residential zones, and full exclusion of all square feet dedicated to childcare facilities from square footage limits.
- Condition hotel permitting on public benefits, including that support the unionization for hotel workers.
- Fight for equitable licensing for marijuana retailers. Also provide increased safety measures and training for workers, because they face high rates of armed robbery. Develop career growth pathways for cannabis retail employees.
- Support public sector unions in their efforts to achieve family wages and benefits as well as fight to do the same for other recipients.
- Expand subsidized transit programs to grocery workers and hospital staff.
- Require project labor agreements for all city funded construction.
- Close the minimum wage loophole for marketplace app-based workers.
- Protect industrial lands and invest in infrastructure to ensure its safety and competitiveness.
- Invest in pathways to non-college careers and build a pipeline into the trades for Seattle Public Schools students or adults switching careers.