Resurrect Cleveland's Working Class
Cleveland is a city which prides itself on its working class, industrial heritage, but in recent decades, workers have been all but abandoned by our local government. Too many of Cleveland's workers--the people who make our economy function--are struggling to get by, especially in the wake of COVID-19-related financial strife. I believe that we can turn Cleveland into a city where everyone is afforded the means to live comfortably, and will do everything in my power to make that happen if I am elected.
My plan will vigorously protect Cleveland's workers and their unions, and that begins with ensuring those workers a living wage. I intend to immediately introduce legislation which will increase Cleveland's minimum wage to $15 by the end of 2022. Of course, the concerns of labor go far beyond wages--by strengthening enforcement of labor laws at Cleveland businesses, we will prevent business owners from taking advantage of employees or illegally preventing them from organizing. The right to a union is a basic human right, which is why I will use the platform of the Council seat to aggressively support attempts by workers in Cleveland to organize themselves.
My Plan to Fight for Cleveland's Workers
- Increase the municipal minimum wage to $15/hour with mandated future cost of living adjustments.
- Strengthen enforcement of labor law violations (e.g. wage theft) at businesses which operate in Cleveland.
- Require that the City contract with construction companies whose workers are unionized.
- Use the platform of the Council seat to support efforts by workers in Cleveland to organize their workplaces.