JOBS, LIVING WAGE, AND BENEFITS

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS...

Platform: Jobs, Living Wage, and Benefits

 

Anyone who works should not be poor. Wages and benefits should sustain the worker and his dependents. This means the basic needs of the worker are met, including food, clothing, shelter, health, safety, rest, and state of mind. Since housing is the greatest cost, it should be met first, and never consume more than 30% of the workers wages. Transportation is the next highest cost of living. Public transportation options should free the worker of this cost, as it should be shared by all in the public road system.

 

Children and women who bear and raise them have been made dependent by the current wage system. A living wage eliminates some of this dependency. A subsidy to families is paid by the welfare state but is inadequate to live on.

 

The City of Elk Grove has lots of jobs that pay a poor hourly rate and/or do not grant the worker full employment. Full employment is the satisfaction of all worker demand for paid labor.

 

If elected mayor, I will propose that the City of Elk Grove adopt a labor ordinance for increased minimum wage of $15 per hour; to pass a full employment ordinance which makes first priority the workers' need for work; to pass an ordinance which diverts 10% from the police fund for social amenities in the community, such as family recreation and other resources in common, as selected by the people through the District Planning Assemblies.

 

The intention of these policy changes and ordinances is: to end poverty among those who work; to enable workers to obtain adequate wages and hours of work upon which to live; and to enjoy the fruits of their labor, as in the pursuit of leisure activities in the commons.

 

In addition, those who work can be impoverished when confronted with a crisis, such as an illness or hospitalization, and family emergencies. Since families are what make Elk Grove great, families should not be cast into chaos when time off work is needed. Therefore, as mayor, I would propose that the city pursue pro-family and pro-worker policies which allow paid time off for workers who need it. Those policies would include the private employers whose workers have these same needs.

 

If a person who works should not be poor, then an employer should be required to pay a decent wage and benefits which include sick leave, vacation, pension, and health care. It's what we expect as government workers, and it's what we should expect for our privately employed brothers and sisters. As mayor, I will pursue policies, ordinances, and funding to ensure work wages and benefits for all who work.

 

There is a growing chasm between the poor and the rich. Large retail employers have benefited greatly from cheap labor, and could easily afford to pay far more in wages. Most retail employees have no benefits at all. Their rich employers send these employees to public social services programs which subsidize the health care, food stamps, and other resources which should be included in a fair wage and benefit package for these workers. Anyone who works should not be poor.