Economic Opportunity

Economic opportunity is at the core of the dream that made this country great, but today, upward mobility in America is the exception, not the rule. 

As costs for necessities such as healthcare, education, and housing claim more and more of our paychecks, wages have stagnated and unions have been weakened by the sustained assault from Republicans and their corporate backers.

All the while, the richest among us have consolidated control of our economy and political system. For decades, the share of our nation’s wealth owned by the middle class has continuously declined, while the share of the top 1 percent has steadily increased. The Great Recession only accelerated this trend—today, the top 1%  percent of households holds ~32% of our nation’s wealth, shockingly more than the ~29% held by the entire middle class combined. 

We must ensure wages are high enough to support a family. We must support the rights of workers to organize and advocate for their rights. And we must ensure that people are healthy and educated enough to take advantage of our dynamic economy.

I am running to ensure that all Americans are able to live decently and advance economically in this country—as my parents, who came here as refugees and their children, have done. It is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure that all Americans have access to opportunity, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or the wealth of your parents. In Congress, I will fight for real economic opportunity for Americans.  

In Congress, I will fight to: 

  • Increase the minimum wage to $15 nationally, and index it to inflation and the cost of living

  • Extend labor protections and unionization rights to all, from agricultural workers to “gig economy” contractors

  • Establish regional federal poverty guidelines, which will give people in Westchester and Rockland expanded access to supportive programs in recognition of the high costs of living

  • Create real penalties for corporations that abuse labor laws and misclassify workers as contractors

  • Significantly restrict the use of non-compete clauses, particularly in low-wage industries 

  • Block right-to-work laws

  • Mandate equal rights for equal pay, regardless of race religion, gender, or sexual identity

  • Expand federal investments in job training and retraining, working with unions, schools, and businesses to ensure that people have access to the skills needed to succeed

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