Jobs should provide a living, not a struggle in poverty. Over the past 40 years, the U.S. economy has not been working for most working people. As productivity has risen, the cost of living has goneup too, but median wages have fallen relative to inflation. Not only are people’s jobs under threat of being sent overseas, but American workers are now forced to work two or three jobs just to make ends meet. 66.5 percent of women and 85.8 percent of men are working more than 40 hours a week, many without paid vacation or paid sick leave.
Tom believes raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour is a good start. He also believes that if the majority of workers decide to form a union at their workplace, they should be able to do so.
Tom believes in family values and to him that means giving workers the time and resources to spend meaningful time with their loved ones, as well as take care of those people and themselves when they are sick.