This is about justice and basic human decency. If you work hard and you work full time you shouldn’t live in poverty. No American working 40 hours/week should be forced to live in poverty.

I will firmly support legislation to create a $15/hour federal minimum wage with a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). I will also bring an equitable wage ratio standard to the conversation of livable wages.

As the son of a retired Teamster and grandson of a union iron worker, I also support strong labor unions and collective bargaining. As a United States Senator approving Federal and state infrastructure projects, I will stand for project labor agreements and prevailing wage laws to protect the living standards of workers across the nation.

Furthermore, the United States is one of just three countries in the world that doesn’t offer paid maternity leave, the others being Oman and Papua New Guinea. We are the only industrialized nation that doesn’t offer paid vacation time. This should be changed immediately.