Jobs and Economic Justice
We believe in a tax structure that is judiciously based on ability to pay. Our government should have the ability to provide vital services and promote the general welfare in times of crisis as well as times of prosperity.
We need reform of our banks and credit card companies that protects consumers from the reckless behavior of Wall Street.
Workers are entitled to a safe work environment, the right to organize. a fair livable wage and trade laws that keep jobs in this country.
We support trade that is equitable to both parties and enforces workers' rights, environment rights and produces products that are safe for consumers.
Social Security is essential to keeping the elderly out of poverty. As a means of reducing inequality, it should be expanded for low-earning Americans to guarantee a minimum income comparable to a "living wage."
2014 Policy Priorities
U.S. Congress: NO cutbacks in Social Security. Raise the minimum social security benefits for all Americans.
U.S. Congress: Remove the upper income limit on Social Security payroll taxes.
Federal Government: Implement a strong and effective Financial Consumer Protection Agency.
Federal Government: Provide tax incentives for companies to keep jobs in the US or return them here.
U.S. Congress and Executive Branch: Strengthen and enforce whistleblower laws, providing protection and restitution for any whistleblowers who lose their livelihoods.
Washington State, Whatcom County, local cities: Encourage transfer of government institutional accounts out of national banks and into local banks and credit unions.
Washington State Legislature: Establish a State Bank.
Washington State Legislature: Prioritize employee pensions in bankruptcy proceedings.
U.S. Congress: Enforce separation of Banking and Investment Institutions by reinstating Glass-Steagall laws.
U.S. Federal Government: The current negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement must incorporate human rights, labor rights, environmental laws, transparency at all levels, and basic democratic procedures.
Washington State Legislature and U.S. Congress: Raise inheritance taxes and lower the exemption to a million dollars.
Washington State: Repeal day use admission at state parks, replacing them with a funding source that does not impose a disproportionate burden on those with lower incomes.
U.S. Congress: Support the paycheck fairness act.