Fighting for Our Unions
- Implementing a policy of sectoral bargaining: Sectoral bargaining is the key to reviving our unions and raising the wages of all workers. Sadly our legislature decided to strip the power of unions to do this when they restricted wage boards. Our state should convene a group of five employer representatives, five employee representatives, and five government representatives to negotiate industry wages every three years. Determinations of which industries should go through this process would be based on if fifty workers petition for the system to be set up, just as it is in New Jersey.
- Ending the misrepresentation of workers as “independent contractors”: New York needs to pass a law similar to California's proposition to protect "gig workers." If you work for Uber, Lyft, or any other company of that type, you deserve the same protections and the right to unionize as every other worker in the state.
- Stopping lawmakers from intimidating unions or their leaders: Lawmakers represent the employee in all situations;but when it comes to large multinational corporations, they've been known to take the side of the employer. In addition to campaign finance reforms, we also need to pass a law that prevents politicians from actively interfering in labor negotiations on behalf of those who aren't their constituents.
- Ending non-compete and no-poach clauses in contracts to help raise wages: When companies are allowed to include non-compete and no-poach clauses in their contracts, it prevents workers from taking higher paying jobs when they come along. If companies actually want to retain employees, make them offer better packages to compete with the market instead of restricting it.
- No public money to companies that violate labor laws: This is a simple solution to punish companies that violate the labor laws that we've deemed necessary protect workers. Why should we reward those companies with money that comes from the workers who they're harming? Politicians from both parties should easily come together on this obvious policy.