Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most popular figures on the Democratic left, are using the new bill to address an issue that many closely identify with another presidential candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Ocasio-Cortez has not endorsed any primary candidate and has indicated she could wait until New York votes next year before making a decision. Speaking to CNN on Thursday, she named Sanders and Warren as two potential picks.
“I would like to see in a presidential candidate is one that has a coherent worldview and logic from which all these policy proposals are coming forward,” Ocasio-Cortez told CNN. “I think Sen. Sanders has that. I also think Sen. Warren has that. I also want to see us centering working people in the United States to stem income inequality (and) tackle climate change.” Asked if she would consider former Vice President Joe Biden, Ocasio-Cortez said, “I’m not sure,” adding with a laugh, “Now it’s getting a little nuts.”
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The contract, says UFCW Local 400, does a number of things.
field workers with paid healthcare premiums;
interns a $20/hour rate and medical benefits;
overtime pay for hourly employees;
coverage for mental healthcare services;
a pay cap on management pay;
a pay equity review process; and
and anti-discrimination provisions.
Such protections are especially important given the nature of campaign work, said Local 400 president Mark P. Federici.
“Political campaigns are cause-driven and because there is always more work that can be done, staffers are typically worked to the bone,” said Federici, who suggested other presidential campaigns take a cue from the Sanders team.
“First, Senator Sanders walked the talk on unions, agreeing to a truly democratic process—neutrality and card check—that every responsible employer should embrace. And then, the campaign engaged in good faith bargaining, recognizing that it’s in their own interest to have well-treated employees empowered to operate at the top of their games,” he added. “I urge every other campaign to follow their lead.”
Krista Harness, a staffer who served on the bargaining committee that led negotiations on behalf of the union, said, “I am so proud to be taking this historical step of becoming the first-ever presidential campaign with a unionized workforce.”
Unions are my family. I have worked with them my entire life, and I am incredibly proud this campaign will be powered by union workers.
When unions are strong, the middle class is strong. Together, we are going to rebuild the labor movement in America. https://t.co/fsc9d1WZBP
Is today some kind of holiday? Because I’m just sitting here waiting for @BernieSanders to announce that he’s going to change the world and run for President again. #OurRevolution pic.twitter.com/vproOmjMuW — Josh Fox EndFossilFuels (@joshfoxfilm) February 19, 2019 This is an open thread. Post a song you like or a photo…or whatever. H/t Emma Vigeland at TYT for the picture. …Continue reading →
LIVE at the Sanders Institute Gathering! How We Win Medicare For All: This panel frames our moral, political, and legislative struggle for Medicare for All in the United States as part of a broader international fight to realize health care as a universal human right. We will hear directly from caregivers on the frontlines about healthcare crisis created by the U.S. for-profit healthcare industry and by the trend toward privatization and corporatization of Britain’s National Health Service. The panel will also discuss the enormous potential of collective international struggle and the distributed model of organizing as paths to achieving Medicare for All.featuring Diane Archer, President, Just Care USA; Jo Beardsmore, Senior Advisor, Social Practice; Kelly Coogan-Gehr, Assistant Director of Public & Community Advocacy, National Nurses United (NNU); Libby Devlin, Southern Director, NNOC/NNU; Dr. Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini, Anesthesiologist & Labour City Councillor, Oxford, England; President Jean Ross RN, NNU; Former OH State Senator Nina Turner, President, Our Revolution
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I’m making this thread separate…something we can chew, nibble, etc.
Personally, I like Sirota’s idea, but given that’s unlikely, I know one thing right away I want: amend the 2017 tax law. I want SALT (state & local taxes) to be completely tax deductible again. Additionally, raise the minimum wage and MFA. Long-game: to add more members to the House to properly represent the American people. The last revision of the numbers in the House was 1911.