America is experiencing its highest levels of income and wealth inequality in history. The gap between the rich and the poor continues to widen. Millions of Americans are working 2-3 jobs per week at 16 hours a day just to pay the bills. This is unsustainable.
Jerry supports immediately increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour and a federal jobs guarantee program. Jerry supports the transition to a green manufacturing industry that will produce millions of good-paying union jobs. Jerry advocates for a comprehensive tax system that benefits ordinary Americans and forces Wall Street, corporations, and the 1% to pay their fair share. Jerry will continue to fight for expansive federal protections and benefits to unions across the United States. Jerry will dismantle the exclusions from federal labor protections and expand EEOC appropriations to keep pace with workplace population growth, while designing programs to assist workers of color in gaining access to historically exclusionary industries. He is also a strong advocate for a federal guaranteed paid parental leave.