WORKER RIGHTS

For more than a hundred years, working people and their unions have sacrificed to build better lives for Michigan families.  From the brave copper strikers in the U.P. in 1913, through the Flint sit-downers in 1937, to the union movement that swept through southeast Michigan in the 1950s and beyond, labor brought higher living standards, dignity, and the promise of stable employment and better lives to public and private-sector workers and their families.  Among their achievements, unions won contracts and legislation to end child labor, strengthen health and disability benefits, and create a system of unemployment insurance, particularly crucial during events like the current pandemic. 

But for the past decade, that legacy has been under attack by corporations and the Republican-dominated Michigan legislature.  Companies have moved plants and jobs overseas, while their allies in Lansing passed so-called right-to-work legislation and other laws aimed at weakening worker rights in both the public and private sector.

Like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and other Democratic leaders, I believe that workers deserve the right to bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions, and I support their right to do so.  We must protect workers who are trying to organize from being penalized, threatened, or fired.

As your state representative, I will press this six-point plan for working families:

  1. I will introduce legislation to repeal the so-called right-to-work law and restore the right of workers to use their full collective power to improve wages and living standards.
  1. I will require companies that receive tax abatements or other state funding to invest in Michigan facilities, hire Michigan workers, pay a living wage, and bar the movement of production to low-wage areas either in the U.S. or overseas.
  1. I will fight for a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour with health coverage and pensions so that families can live knowing that they have secure jobs with adequate income.
  1. I will promote a single-payer pension system permitting retirement credits earned at one job to be carried over to another job, so that workers have the opportunity to transfer to other employment without jeopardizing their retirement benefits.
  1. I will press for legislation that ensures that workers who have been historically excluded from union rights — for example, seasonal farmworkers, gig or free-lance workers, and the like—have the right to organize and bargain with their employers.
  1. I will seek to require all employers – private and public – to provide safe and sanitary working conditions so that workers need not fear the spread of infection or illness.

With your support, we will win the right of working families to secure jobs and lives.

For more than a hundred years, working people and their unions have sacrificed to build better lives for Michigan families.  From the brave copper strikers in the U.P. in 1913, through the Flint sit-downers in 1937, to the union movement that swept through southeast Michigan in the 1950s and beyond, labor brought higher living standards, dignity, and the promise of stable employment and better lives to public and private-sector workers and their families.  Among their achievements, unions won contracts and legislation to end child labor, strengthen health and disability benefits, and create a system of unemployment insurance, particularly crucial during events like the current pandemic. 

But for the past decade, that legacy has been under attack by corporations and the Republican-dominated Michigan legislature.  Companies have moved plants and jobs overseas, while their allies in Lansing passed so-called right-to-work legislation and other laws aimed at weakening worker rights in both the public and private sector.

Like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and other Democratic leaders, I believe that workers deserve the right to bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions, and I support their right to do so.  We must protect workers who are trying to organize from being penalized, threatened, or fired.

As your state representative, I will press this six-point plan for working families:

  1. I will introduce legislation to repeal the so-called right-to-work law and restore the right of workers to use their full collective power to improve wages and living standards.
  1. I will require companies that receive tax abatements or other state funding to invest in Michigan facilities, hire Michigan workers, pay a living wage, and bar the movement of production to low-wage areas either in the U.S. or overseas.
  1. I will fight for a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour with health coverage and pensions so that families can live knowing that they have secure jobs with adequate income.
  1. I will promote a single-payer pension system permitting retirement credits earned at one job to be carried over to another job, so that workers have the opportunity to transfer to other employment without jeopardizing their retirement benefits.
  1. I will press for legislation that ensures that workers who have been historically excluded from union rights — for example, seasonal farmworkers, gig or free-lance workers, and the like—have the right to organize and bargain with their employers.
  1. I will seek to require all employers – private and public – to provide safe and sanitary working conditions so that workers need not fear the spread of infection or illness.

With your support, we will win the right of working families to secure jobs and lives.

shri thanedar

SHRI THANEDAR FOR STATE REP

Use Your Power. Join Our Movement.

SHRI THANEDAR FOR STATE REP

Use Your Power. Join Our Movement.