The people of Staten Island and South Brooklyn wake up every day and work their hearts out to keep this city and country going. And what have they gotten for that hard work? Politicians in Washington who cater to corporations and special interests’ demands, rigging the system for their benefit, while middle and working-class Americans get screwed over or left behind.
Right now, the laws prohibiting employers from firing workers who are organizing are very weak and the penalties are too light. This makes it too easy for big businesses to put profits ahead of the hard-working union members who do the work right here in this district.
Our country’s union members have been ripped off for too long, which is why Max is proud to have led the effort to ensure that we put government back on the side of working people, by passing the PRO Act. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act authorizes civil monetary penalties against employers who violate the National Labor Relations Act, protect workers from retaliation due to efforts to join a union, expand coverage of who is defined as an employee under the NLRA, and protect workers’ right to engage in collective action.
Max has also helped pass legislation to:
- providing these officers and other TSA employees the worker rights and protections afforded to most other Federal workers under Title 5 of the U.S. Code.
- Protect older workers against age discrimination
- Protect health care and social service workers from violence in the workplace.
- Protect against outsourcing by requiring public companies to disclose the number of employees they and their subsidiaries have in each state and foreign country.
- Ban requirements to arbitrate employment, consumer, civil rights, and antitrust disputes from being imposed before a dispute arises.
- Protect workers’ pension by allowing plans to borrow money to remain solvent.
- Raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 over six years, and indexing it to median wage growth.
- Secure home healthcare workers with retirement benefits and allow long-term, part-time workers to join a 401(k) plan.
- Allow workers to participate in class action lawsuits that challenge systemic pay discrimination.