Bill de Blasio on Jobs
NYC Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn)
Working people's bill of rights
I put out a working people's bill of rights. We need to guarantee card check neutrality so it's easier to get into a union. We need to make sure that folks in the gig economy have benefits and wages that are protected. We need to make sure folks can't
just be fired in this country without just cause, which is the truth right now. We need to do things like ensure a $15 minimum wage and paid vacation days. Every major country on Earth provides paid vacation days as a matter of law.
Source: ABC This Week interviews in 2019
, Jul 28, 2019
Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour
Bill de Blasio on Minimum Wage: Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour.
19 CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Joseph Biden, Jr.; Cory Booker; Steve Bullock; Peter Buttigieg; Julian Castro; John Delaney; Tulsi Gabbard;
Kirsten Gillibrand; Kamala Harris; John Hickenlooper; Jay Inslee; Amy Klobuchar; Seth Moulton; Beto O`Rourke; Tim Ryan; Bernard Sanders; Eric Swalwell; Elizabeth Warren; Marianne Williamson.
There's broad support among Democratic presidential candidates for doubling the hourly minimum from $7.25 to $15, and then allowing it to rise automatically with inflation, as proposed by House Democrats in the Raise the Wage Act. Even centrists like
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Vice President Joe Biden favor this. In 2016, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton favored going only to $12 (though she expressed strong support for states that raised it to $15).
Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues"
, Jul 17, 2019
Put working people first, not wealthy corporations
I talk about putting working people first. Federal government has been on the side of the wealthy and the corporations for a long time. We saw that with that huge tax giveaway just a few years ago. In New York, we have put working people first.
We have put money back in the hands of working people with things like paid sick leave, full-day, high- quality pre-K for all our kids, guaranteed health care for folks who don't have insurance.
Source: CNN SOTU 2019 interview of presidential hopefuls
, May 26, 2019
Would raise the NYC minimum wage to $15/hour
The mayor has advocated for a $15 minimum wage in New York.
Source: Townhall.com: "The 2020 Democrats" (presidential hopefuls)
, May 18, 2019
Fight income inequality that creates Tale of Two Cities
Bill de Blasio is committed to fighting the income inequality that has created a 'Tale of Two Cities' across the five boroughs. Mayor de Blasio believes all New Yorkers deserve a chance to succeed in the greatest city on earth. That means every child
gets a quality education, every community is safe, and every New Yorker has an affordable place to call home.
Since assuming office in 2014, the de Blasio administration has developed and executed transformative initiatives including
Pre-K for All; Paid Sick Leave; neighborhood policing; and IDNYC.
Mayor de Blasio will also continue to be an outspoken progressive voice on issues that touch the lives of his fellow New Yorkers, including: income inequality, early childhood
education, immigration reform, infrastructure, and voting rights. These issues of basic fairness for every New Yorker have animated Mayor de Blasio's life and career across three decades of activism and public service.
Source: Mayoral website NYC.gov Office of the Mayor
, May 3, 2019
$500 million initiative to create 100,000 jobs in NYC
Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website BillDeBlasio.com
, May 2, 2019
- Focusing on Minority and Women-Owned Businesses: Mayor de Blasio created the Mayor's Office of M/WBEs, and set the goal of awarding at least 30 percent of the City's contract dollars to minority and
women-owned businesses by 2021.
- 100,000 Jobs: Mayor de Blasio is investing in New York City's economy, with a plan to spur 100,000 good-paying jobs over the next 10 years.
As part of this plan, the de Blasio administration unveiled a $500 million initiative, LifeSci NYC, which will establish New York City as a global leader in life sciences research and innovation.
- Moving Out of Poverty:
Over the last four years, 281,000 New Yorkers have been pulled out of poverty or near-poverty, and Mayor de Blasio has set an ambitious goal of moving 800,000 New Yorkers out of poverty by 2025.
Peg living wage to increases in the cost of living
When wages rise, workers spend more in their neighborhoods, and local businesses can then employ more people. Bill de Blasio is committed to using a broad range of policies to help raise wage standards so everyone is able to live and support a family
in relative comfort and security.
The living wage law should be pegged to increases in the cost of living and cover any large for-profit company receiving $1 million in economic subsidies.
Any businesses receiving city subsidies should provide clear plans on providing health care for all their workers. Bill de Blasio will create a "responsible contractor policy" requiring all contractors and economic subsidy recipients to disclose and
explain past and pending violations of labor, employment, environmental and workplace safety violations, and bar repeat offenders from receiving public money
Source: 2013 Mayoral campaign website, www.billdeblasio.com
, Oct 22, 2013
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