Jobs, Economic Prosperity, and Labor Rights

It’s often said that World War II was won right here in the Lehigh Valley — thanks to the fearless work of Pennsylvania’s men and women who produced the steel that transported and protected allied troops around the world.

Now, in the face of a global pandemic that has impacted all of our local businesses and workers, I am reminded of that same grit, determination, and hard work that helped bring us through crisis before. Now is the time to protect our workers, our small business community, and our frontline health care workers to ensure they prosper as we recover from this crisis together.

I’m 100% dedicated to stabilizing our community in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and bringing high-paying jobs to our district. Here’s my plan:

  • Defend, strengthen, and support unions. When Pennsylvania workers are strong, America is strong. It is critical that workers are guaranteed the right to fight for higher wages, safer working conditions, better benefits, and to collectively organize without fear of intimidation or retribution. The constant attacks on our hard-working labor force and middle class must end, and that’s why I am working to make it easier for public-sector and private workers to exercise their right to organize.  We should be protecting unions, not dismantling them. Through my work on the Education and Labor Committee, I was proud to support the PRO Act (Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019) and to support it again when it came to a vote on the floor of the House.

  • Invest in training, certification, and apprenticeship programs. Our economy is rapidly evolving and we need to equip Pennsylvanians — especially those who choose to pursue vocation and trade jobs — with the tools they need to keep pace and succeed in increasingly specialized professions. PA-07 is home to two of the finest community colleges in the country, and I have used my position on the Education and Labor Committee to advocate for increased access to technical schools and apprenticeship programs so everyone can choose whichever path best prepares them for a successful future.

  • Build better infrastructure. When we invest tax dollars in infrastructure, it’s an investment in our people, too — promoting economic growth while creating new construction and manufacturing jobs for Pennsylvanians.

  • Promote rural broadband. In an age when activities are increasingly moving online, connectivity is more important than ever.  We can only stay on the cutting edge of the 21st century economy if we have the technology to support it, which is why I strongly support expanding broadband access to our rural and urban communities.

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