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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Jobs

 

 


Insisted on a living wage for her congressional staff

AOC's insistence on a living wage for her congressional staff, [one staffer] believes, was transformational. "I used to be a congressional staffer. When I got to Congress, I was earning so little that I was considering taking on another job. That sounds fine except when you're a legislative aide, you might work until 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning. I was getting paid so little that I qualified for low-income housing. A starting salary of $54,000 a year [for AOC's staff] is not only a living wage, it allows someone of my background, who did not have connections, to be at the table. It allows for you to not be shut out of the market because you actually couldn't do it, financially. That is not small.
Source: AOC, by Lynda Lopez, p.7 , Aug 11, 2020

Worker power means aggressive support for labor unions

AOC has been quite explicit that by "socialism" she means worker power, not government ownership: "Socialism does not mean government owns everything. I disagree with that notion as well because I think it is undemocratic. I think that it is very easily corrupted and I don't think that that's a good thing. But I do think that having more democracy in our economy, a.k.a. worker power, worker accountability, is a very positive thing."

What is worker power? In part, aggressive support for labor unions. When a solar energy company fired workers attempting to unionize, AOC publicly demanded they be rehired. When Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy threatened to crush any unionizing efforts at his company, AOC told him that he might face legal action. Her Green New Deal plan emphasizes worker rights and worker conditions as well as environmental mitigation, including specific provisions about the equality of jobs that the Green New Deal should guarantee and demand that those jobs be unionized.

Source: AOC, by Lynda Lopez, p.150-151 , Aug 11, 2020

We need to address inequality in pay & parental leave

This is part of an evolution that we've been having as a country. Women have historically been mistreated. We still have a pay gap which is persisted by inequalities in parental leave, the fact that women don't get guaranteed paid leave. I have three staffers that are having children in my first six months of my term and I see how these inequalities pay out. That's why I give all new fathers in my office guaranteed three months paid leave, because those inequalities are very real.
Source: ABC This Week 2019 interview for Congress NY-14 election , Jun 16, 2019

Endorses a Federal Jobs Guarantee program with benefits

Alexandria endorses a Federal Jobs Guarantee, because anyone who is willing and able to work shouldn't struggle to find employment. A Federal Jobs Guarantee would create a baseline standard for employment that includes a $15 minimum wage, full healthcare, and child and sick leave for all. This proposal would upgrade the quality of employment by providing training and experience to workers while bringing much-needed public services to our communities.
Source: 2018 Congress NY-14th election website Ocasio2018.com , Oct 9, 2018

Sponsored bill for strengthening union organizing.

Ocasio-Cortez co-sponsored PRO Act

H.R.842 & S.420: Protecting the Right to Organize Act: This bill expands various labor protections related to employees' rights to organize and collectively bargain in the workplace:

  1. revises the definitions of employee, supervisor, and employer to broaden the scope of individuals covered by the fair labor standards;
  2. permits labor organizations to encourage participation of union members in strikes initiated by employees represented by a different labor organization (i.e., secondary strikes); and
  3. prohibits employers from bringing claims against unions that conduct such secondary strikes.
The bill also allows collective bargaining agreements to require all employees represented by the bargaining unit to contribute fees to the labor organization for the cost of such representation.

Biden Administration in SUPPORT: The Administration strongly supports The PRO Act. America was not built by Wall Street. It was built by the middle class, and unions built the middle class. Unions put power in the hands of workers. H.R. 842 would strengthen and protect workers' right to form a union by assessing penalties on employers who violate workers' right to organize.

Rep. Mo Brooks in OPPOSITION: H.R. 842 [is] a radical union bill that tramples the rights of citizens by forcing them to enter into union servitude, including:

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 222-204-4 (Rollcall 82) on 03/09/2021; received and read in the Senate on 3/23; no further Senate action during 2021.
Source: H.R.842/S.420 21-HR842 on Feb 4, 2021

2021-22 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Jobs: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on other issues:
NY Gubernatorial:
Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Giuliani
Andrew Yang
Bill de Blasio
Cynthia Nixon
Eric Adams
George Pataki
Howie Hawkins
John DeFrancisco
Kathy Hochul
Kirsten Gillibrand
Larry Sharpe
Lee Zeldin
Letitia James
Marc Molinaro
Mike Bloomberg
Rob Astorino
Shaun Donovan
Tom Suozzi
Zephyr Teachout
NY Senatorial:
Alex Merced
Charles Schumer
Chele Farley
Dave Webber
Kirsten Gillibrand
Marc Molinaro
Scott Noren
Wendy Long
Republican Freshman class of 2021:
AL-1: Jerry Carl(R)
AL-2: Barry Moore(R)
CA-8: Jay Obernolte(R)
CA-50: Darrell Issa(R)
CO-3: Lauren Boebert(R)
FL-3: Kat Cammack(R)
FL-15: Scott Franklin(R)
FL-19: Byron Donalds(R)
GA-9: Andrew Clyde(R)
GA-14: Marjorie Taylor Greene(R)
IA-2: Mariannette Miller-Meeks(R)
IA-4: Randy Feenstra(R)
IL-15: Mary Miller(R)
IN-5: Victoria Spartz(R)
KS-1: Tracey Mann(R)
KS-2: Jake LaTurner(R)
LA-5: Luke Letlow(R)
MI-3: Peter Meijer(R)
MI-10: Lisa McClain(R)
MT-0: Matt Rosendale(R)
NC-11: Madison Cawthorn(R)
NM-3: Teresa Leger Fernandez(D)
NY-2: Andrew Garbarino(R)
NY-22: Claudia Tenney(R)
OR-2: Cliff Bentz(R)
PR-0: Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon(R)
TN-1: Diana Harshbarger(R)
TX-4: Pat Fallon(R)
TX-11: August Pfluger(R)
TX-13: Ronny Jackson(R)
TX-17: Pete Sessions(R)
TX-22: Troy Nehls(R)
TX-23: Tony Gonzales(R)
TX-24: Beth Van Duyne(R)
UT-1: Blake Moore(R)
VA-5: Bob Good(R)
WI-5: Scott Fitzgerald(R)
Incoming Democratic Freshman class of 2021:
CA-53: Sara Jacobs(D)
GA-5: Nikema Williams(D)
GA-7: Carolyn Bourdeaux(D)
HI-2: Kai Kahele(D)
IL-3: Marie Newman(D)
IN-1: Frank Mrvan(D)
MA-4: Jake Auchincloss(D)
MO-1: Cori Bush(D)
NC-2: Deborah Ross(D)
NC-6: Kathy Manning(D)
NY-15: Ritchie Torres(D)
NY-16: Jamaal Bowman(D)
NY-17: Mondaire Jones(D)
WA-10: Marilyn Strickland(D)

Republican takeovers as of 2021:
CA-21: David Valadao(R) defeated T.J. Cox(D)
CA-39: Young Kim(R) defeated Gil Cisneros(D)
CA-48: Michelle Steel(R) defeated Harley Rouda(D)
FL-26: Carlos Gimenez(R) defeated Debbie Mucarsel-Powell(D)
FL-27: Maria Elvira Salazar(R) defeated Donna Shalala(D)
IA-1: Ashley Hinson(R) defeated Abby Finkenauer(D)
MN-7: Michelle Fischbach(R) defeated Collin Peterson(D)
NM-2: Yvette Herrell(R) defeated Xochitl Small(D)
NY-11: Nicole Malliotakis(R) defeated Max Rose(D)
OK-5: Stephanie Bice(R) defeated Kendra Horn(D)
SC-1: Nancy Mace(R) defeated Joe Cunningham(D)
UT-4: Burgess Owens(R) defeated Ben McAdams(D)

Special Elections 2021-2022:
CA-22: replacing Devin Nunes (R, SPEL summer 2022)
FL-20: replacing Alcee Hastings (D, SPEL Jan. 2022)
LA-2: Troy Carter (R, April 2021)
LA-5: Julia Letlow (R, March 2021)
NM-1: Melanie Stansbury (D, June 2021)
OH-11: Shontel Brown (D, Nov. 2021)
OH-15: Mike Carey (R, Nov. 2021)
TX-6: Jake Ellzey (R, July 2021)
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