Today I am proud to announce a new plan that will empower all workers, lift wages, and give workers and employers the tools they need to thrive in our changing economy.
Too many Americans are struggling to keep up with expenses. They are rightfully asking why they’re working so hard but barely getting by.
Economic progress has to mean that people are actually earning enough to live on — whether they can afford to pay for things like college tuition or health care premiums.
Our economy is changing. How we manage the changes coming our way will define not just the next four years, but the next century. We need laws and policies that offer workers greater protections, flexibility, and control.
With this plan, we will raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2025 so over 33 million more American workers can earn a living wage.
We will guarantee access to paid sick leave and paid family leave no matter where you work. And if your employer does not provide at least seven paid sick leave days, they’ll be required to pay into a state fund that workers could draw from.
We will measure success by workers’ paychecks. It’s time to stop measuring our economic progress by abstract numbers like GDP. When it comes to our actual incomes, GDP keeps getting it wrong. And when you target the wrong number, you get the wrong policies.
We’ll provide greater resources to go after wage theft, and restore commonsense overtime regulations to guarantee “time and a half” pay to 8 million more workers.
When I’m President, we’re going to take power back from corporations and give it to the American people.
As President, I will work to guarantee bargaining rights for all American workers — whether you drive an Uber, work at a McDonald’s franchise, or mop the floors at Google.
We will push for amending the laws to allow independent contractors to collectively bargain and unionize. It means establishing strong “joint employer” standards so that companies can’t avoid bargaining by hiring contractors through intermediaries. And if employers try to misclassify workers, my administration will aggressively crack down on that kind of payroll fraud.
We aim to double the percentage of workers in unions. That’s twice as many Americans who will have the freedom to stand up for better wages and a better workplace.
We’ll expand labor protections to those who have historically been vulnerable and excluded, like domestic workers and farm workers. We’ll protect undocumented workers from retaliation if they report labor violations.
And when I’m President, we’re finally going to ensure that women have equal pay and equal opportunities for promotions. We’ll make large employers make their total gender pay gap public because greater transparency will help to finally end the injustice that has women paid around only 80 cents on the dollar. That’s just not right.
We’re on the verge of a new American era, and this election is a defining moment for our nation. How we manage the changes coming our way will define not just the next four years, but the next century.
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