America’s workers are the backbone of our economy.


Man in hardhat at factory

  • I support paying full-time workers a living wage with overtime benefits.
  • I support paycheck fairness.
  • I oppose “Right-to-Work” laws that hurt American workers.

It should not take a literal Act of Congress to guarantee people who work full-time have enough money to pay for food, shelter. It is past time we changed Federal Minimum Wage laws so it adjusts automatically with inflation and guarantees single parents who work full time can support themselves and a child without relying on taxpayer-funded assistance programs or needing to work two or three full time jobs.

I support a minimum wage that is a living wage, based on the poverty level for a household of two that adjusts with inflation¹, a measure that is pro-worker and pro-employment².

I support regulations that make guarantee workers with incomes in the bottom 40% of all US wage earners receive overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours a week.

I support the Paycheck Fairness Act that seeks to address the gender pay gap and other pay fairness issues.

I oppose “Right to Work” laws which favor employers over employees, weaken worker wages and weaken the ability of workers to organize³.

Jaime Downer Vote Graphic
Our Congresswoman does not support living wage or worker protection laws

  • She voted “Aye” (yes) to unravel regulations requiring Federal contractors follow Federal labor laws and provide paycheck transparency needed to assure compliance with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. (H.J.Res. 37)
  • She voted “Aye” (yes) to revoke a rule that requires employers to keep documentation on worker injury and illness, records used during investigations establishing a history of worker safety violations during OSHA investigations. (H.J.Res.83)
  • She voted “Aye” (yes) for a law that changes Federal overtime rules and will hurt working parents and their children. (HR1180)


Footnotes:
1) My proposal: Set the National Minimum Wage at 170% of the prior year’s poverty level for a household of two, divided by 2000. (The number of hours in a work-year.) If had a law like this in effect the 2016 national minimum wage would have been $13.07/hr (see 2016 Poverty Level chart); in 2018 $13.80 (see 2017 Poverty Level chart), and the national minimum wage would exceed $15/hr by 2020. More importantly, it would never fall behind.
2) Washington Post, Study: Seattle minimum wage hasn’t cut jobs, June 20 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/apnewsbreak-study-seattle-minimum-wage-hasnt-cut-jobs/2017/06/20/c6480040-55f4-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html?utm_term=.893ae936470e.
3) Newsweek, The Slippery Math of Right-To-Work Advocates, http://www.newsweek.com/slippery-math-right-work-advocates-332555

Photo Credit: John Boyer, Work on Train, http://www.freeimages.com/photo/work-on-train-1238022