Everyday Tennesseans shouldn’t have to work multiple jobs just to make ends meet and to provide for their families. We should support our workforce in ways to encourage creativity, productivity, and see their career as an investment to society. Workers’ rights have come a long way but we still have some ways to go. As a small business owner, I know how to create jobs and foster an environment that provides support to job creators.
Our current minimum wage is outdated. Tennessee doesn’t even have a minimum wage for its workers and I believe it’s time to provide them a living wage so they can prosper. It should be at least $15. According to an MIT study in 2018, the living wage in the United States is $16.17 an hour for a family of four with two working adults and two children. Just like the previous wage increase, it would be feasible to do the same for a new increase.
Women deserve equal pay for equal work. Period.
Our current unemployment system is difficult to complete and cause way too many delays in the system. Specifically at a time where more than 325,000 Tennesseans are out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our unemployment system should be accessible to individuals who are already struggling.
I will always vote to support unions. Unions gave us the standard 40 hour work week, they gave us weekends, they gave us fairer wages and worked towards income equality, unions helped end child labor, unions won wide spread employer-based health coverage, and, finally, unions spearheaded the fight for The Family and Medical Leave Act. Unions are a necessity for worker protections and advocacy and I will always vote to support them.
Paid Sick Leave:
Every employee should be guaranteed paid sick leave. There needs to be some sort of system in place to ensure that people don’t abuse the system but it should still be attainable to individuals to those in need.