Sanders’ Jobs Agenda
Sen. Bernie Sanders drew standing ovations as he laid out a jobs agenda in speeches on Tuesday at union halls in Nevada and Texas. He drew cheers from hundreds of people who packed into a Culinary Workers meeting room for a mid-morning speech in Las Vegas and he was welcomed by a Texas-sized crowd on Tuesday evening at an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local headquarters in Austin.
Sanders called for a $1 trillion investment in rebuilding crumbling roads and bridges to support 13 million jobs. He called the $7.35 an hour federal minimum wage a “starvation wage” and said it should be raised eventually to $15 an hour. He advocated pay equity for women workers. He said the U.S. Labor Department must update overtime rules so millions more workers would earn time-and-a-half if they clock more than 40 hours a week. And he denounced the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership that, like earlier trade pacts, would throw Americans out of jobs that would be shifted to low-wage nations overseas.
- Sanders Packs Las Vegas Hall: Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday promised a packed union hall in Las Vegas that “the billionaire class” in the United States is getting richer as America’s middle class collapses, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. “If we are going to fight for our children and our parents we have got to organize in a way that we have never done before,” Sanders said.