Hillary Clinton is the clear choice for working families.
Millions of working people in unions endorsed Hillary Clinton for president of the United States because she is a proven leader who shares our values and has demonstrated a strong commitment to the issues that matter to working people.
If I am elected President, workers will always have a seat at the table and a champion in the White House.
Hillary Clinton has a long history of advocating for families and working people. She believes that paid family leave, earned sick days, fair schedules, equal pay for women and quality affordable child care are critical, as well as the right to come together in union and negotiate for a better life. Here are 10 ways Clinton stands with working people:
While in the U.S. Senate, Clinton consistently fought to decrease the wage gap between working men and women. She championed strengthening the Equal Pay Act and became a prime supporter of the Lilly Ledbetter Act.
Clinton was there for New Yorkers during the economic downturn of 2008. She co-authored and fought for legislation to extend the unemployment benefits program , which provided much-needed economic support to working families.
Clinton and more than 20 other senators sent a letter to President George Bush calling on him to reject a Council of Economic Advisers report saying that the exporting of jobs overseas could be beneficial to the economy. She introduced a resolution calling on the Senate to oppose any efforts to outsource jobs.
Clinton worked on a bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus to confront the problems facing domestic manufacturers and the working people that hold those jobs.
Working Families Legislation
Clinton supports the Employee Free Choice Act and the Employee Right to Choose Act , and she voted against the Central American Free Trade Agreement. She also supported Department of Labor employees in maintaining the Workforce Investment Act program and the Wagner-Peyser Act.
While serving in the Senate, Clinton assisted working people in unions in negotiating new contracts , including the IBEW (National Grid/Niagara Mohawk), RWDSU/UNITE HERE (Duane Reade), SMART (United Technologies/Carrier), RWDSU (Oak Hollow/Crest Hall nursing homes), Building Trades (Lafarge), IUE-CWA (Caldwell Manufacturing) and LIUNA (Department of Labor).
Worker Health and Safety
Clinton helped secure significant funding for New York and to workers impacted by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She fought for millions of dollars in medical monitoring funds to help workers at Ground Zero and for assistance to affected families and laid-off workers.
For two years, members at Plum Island were on strike and Clinton fought tirelessly alongside them for those two years. Together, they were successful in kicking out a bad contractor and getting our brothers and sisters back to work.
Trade Adjustment Assistance
When corporate CEOs close manufacturing plants, they are not worried about the impact this has on the working people and communities that have supported these plants for years. However, Clinton has shown time and again that she is committed to working families and communities during those difficult times. In fact, when the Nestle plant closed in 2004, Clinton called Nestle Corp. executives to push them to keep the plant open. Although profit trumped people and the plant closed, Clinton was able to secure Trade Adjustment Assistance funding for working people impacted by the plant closure.
As senator, Clinton intervened with the Bush administration to protect jobs when they were threatened by Chinese trade barriers.