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12.04.15

IFPTE Issues Its 2016 Questionnaire to Presidential Candidates

IFPTE Issues Its 2016 Questionnaire to Presidential Candidates

The survey went to eleven of the candidates, including former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and Republican primary front runner, Donald Trump. Keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks for candidate responses.

Questions asked:

Will you use the power of the bully pulpit to advocate for, and sign into law, meaningful and fair labor law reform like that embodied in The Employee Free Choice Act? This legislation passed the House of Representatives in March 2007 to provide workers the ability to decide to form and join unions absent employer threats and interference.

Will you support an increase in the nation's current $7.25/hour minimum wage to at least $15/hour?

As President, will you prevent the use of taxpayer funds by any federal contractor from being used to frustrate and otherwise interfere with organizing drives, and have it apply retroactively to current contracts and contractors?

Will you actively work to preserve the collective bargaining, Title V Civil Service protections, pay and Veteran's Preference of federal employees, as well as work to ensure that there will be no more cuts to federal employee pensions, and that federal workers will receive pay raises commensurate to the services they provide the American taxpaying public?

Will you renew President Obama's Executive Order (EO 13522) that calls for a National Labor/Management Partnership?"

As President, will you turn back unfair federal outsourcing practices and replace them with a fair and equitable contracting out system? Also, will you support contracting out practices in state governments that are not based on short term influxes of cash, but are instead in the best interest of the taxpaying public?

As President, will you work to eliminate this burdensome tax on working families by endorsing policies similar to those laid out in S. 2075, The American Worker Health Care Tax Relief Act of 2015, sponsored by Senator Sherrod Brown, and other similar bipartisan measures currently pending in Congress?

As President, will you reject the TPP, and instead embark on a new trade policy by negotiating bilateral trade agreements with countries that include enforceable workers' rights provisions consistent with the U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, provide reasonable wages and benefits, and provide all workers around the world with the right to unionize?

As President, will you propose and/or support legislative and regulatory efforts aimed at reforming the H-1B and L-1 Visa programs consistent with the principles in the Marshall Plan?

As President, will you reject any notion of divesting some or all of the valuable services that the TVA provides to the citizens in the Tennessee Valley states?

As President, will you work to reject any cuts to Social Security and Medicare, including tying the COLA to the CPI, and instead work toward thoughtful and worker friendly reforms to expand both Social Security and Medicare?

Download the full questionnaire

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