Party Platform

Labor and Employment

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Labor and Employment – Party Platform 2020

Business Policy

We support business activities, including manufacturing, in the United States, and buying local in Nevada and its communities; we oppose outsourcing.
We support the right of workers to form and join unions in both the public and private sectors and to engage in collective bargaining.
We oppose all so-called “right to work” laws and support the repeal of “right to work” in Nevada.
We support the strengthening of the National Labor Relations Board and urge the enactment of the Employee Free Choice Act, both of which are aimed at protecting workers’ right to organize.
We oppose the misclassification of workers as independent contractors.
We support raising the minimum wage and indexing it to cost of living increases.
We support apprenticeship programs, retraining and re-education for the people in our society whose current skills are not consistent with constantly changing workplace requirements.
We support Project Labor Agreements, Prevailing Wage and Community Benefits Agreements for all workers employed on taxpayer-funded or subsidized projects.
We oppose the use of state dollars to fund or subsidize companies that send jobs out of state or overseas.
We believe that public policy should be aimed at creating an economy from the bottom up and not just the top down.

Employee Rights

We support Unemployment Earned Benefits Programs.
We oppose employment discrimination based on credit history.
We support the right to privacy for job applicants, thus prohibiting an employer from requiring passwords for social media accounts as a condition for employment.

Pay Equity and Wealth Inequality

We support enforceable legislation to protect workers from wage theft and to guarantee paycheck fairness.
We support subsidizing employers who hire individuals with disabilities at or above the minimum wage.
We support subsidizing employers who hire disadvantaged individuals and those exiting the criminal justice system.
We support business incubators and mentoring opportunities for minority and/or female-owned businesses.
We oppose predatory loan practices and support limits on the interest rates for all loan instruments.
We support strengthening union participation, the restoration of overtime protections for all workers, the right to form and join a union, and the freedom to bargain collectively.
We support paid sick leave, parental leave, family leave, and medical leave, as well as the current provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
We support labor protections for immigrants.

Retirement Security

We support repeal of the Windfall Elimination Act and the Government Pension Offset Act, and all attempts to short-change government employees.
We support protecting, expanding, and improving Medicare and Medicaid services, benefits, and administration.
We believe in the preservation, integrity, and expansion of the Social Security program, which enables a dignified life for the elderly, disabled, and dependent.
We support defined benefit pension plans, which provide the greatest security for retirees and should be the preferred policy for both public and private sector employees.
We support, as an addition to the charter of the Social Security Administration, the creation of a national Retirement Trust and that this Trust would take control of all employee retirement accounts so that employers may not defund retirements to pay for adverse conditions affecting their operations.
We support a national strategy to stabilize pension funds.
We support the elimination of the income cap on contributions to the Social Security program.
We support a state-managed retirement account savings program that gives Nevadans a path to financial security in retirement by providing a simple, portable, low-cost way for workers to invest in their futures.

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