Labor & Working Families
Here’s the Problem
The feeling of living paycheck to paycheck is one I know well. Growing up in Petersburg, we scraped to get by. We worked hard day after day, budgeting every penny we earned. . Members of my family still make the minimum wage and I know how difficult it is for them to survive on what’s in their bank account.
My story isn’t unique. Virginia’s working families aren’t getting a fair shake. Our commonwealth is ranked as the worst state in the country for workers. The issues we’ve always faced have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Working families deserve a living wage, benefits, and a voice.
My Record & Experience
I’m never shy in standing with working families. I’ve stood on the picket line with bus drivers on strike and attended rallies with our airport workers. I wrote the Governor when the coronavirus pandemic first started to advocate for paid sick leave, hazard pay for grocery workers, and a mask-mandate on public transportation to keep bus drivers safe.
As a Delegate, I:
- Passed groundbreaking legislation instituting a prevailing wage on all state-funded construction projects
- Co-sponsored legislation repealing the “Comstock Rule” that banned the use of Project Labor Agreements and helped thousands of construction workers get quality health coverage
- Sponsored legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour
- Passed a bill that cracks down on companies that don’t pay their workers.
- Sponsored legislation to ensure that firefighters who contracted cancer on the job were covered by workers’ compensation.
My Plans as Governor
We know that the opportunity to join a union — no matter where you work — is the best way to raise wages, improve working conditions, create family-sustaining jobs, and create an economy that works for everyone. As Governor, I will elevate workers’ voices and make Virginia a pro-worker model for the nation.