A living wage and the economy

No one should have to work full time and still live in poverty.

ADVOCATING FOR BETTER WAGES

I support a livable wage that pays enough for basic housing and necessities. I support a minimum wage tied to the median income of a local area such as a county[1]. Some areas in Washington have higher costs of living than others and the minimum wage should be adjusted accordingly. On the City Council I pushed to increase the minimum wage and provide paid sick leave to workers.

FIGHTING FOR PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE

As a Councilmember for the city of Shoreline I am proud to have sponsored and passed paid parental and family medical leave in Shoreline and am pleased the state legislature later passed a similar policy for the all of Washington. I will fight to protect and enhance this policy. To have a healthy community and well-adjusted children we must allow parents time to bond with newborns.

INVESTING IN EDUCATION

High wage jobs are coming this area but we aren’t doing a good enough job educating our kids to that they can compete for these jobs. I will fight for funding and evidence based investments in education so that our kids can get the great jobs that are coming to our area.

STANDING UP FOR WORKERS RIGHTS

A growing problem is wage theft where some employers fail to pay workers for their labor. We must enforce people’s right to get paid for their work. As a member of SEIU 925, and in organizing labor unions for a summer, I saw firsthand how important it is to empower workers to have a voice.

THE FACTS

Income inequality has reached unprecedented and dangerous levels. Since 1980, wages for the middle and working class have stagnated or gone down while productivity has skyrocketed. That profit has largely gone to the top income earners. This is unfair. We need a state with laws and policies that truly reward hard work with economic mobility that lead to solid careers.


[1] https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/13/upshot/what-a-15-minimum-wage-would- mean-for-your-city.html http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/10/09/for-most-workers-real-wages-have- barely-budged-for-decades/ http://www.epi.org/publication/ib330-productivity-vs-compensation/