"At a time when six people own as much as half of the world, when we are promoting vampire capitalists to senior positions in the government and watching as they fly around on private jets to cushy conferences, I’m not inclined to rely on the benevolence of money hoarders. 'Power concedes nothing without a demand,' and when the only thing the people on the bottom own is their labor, the only way fight back is organized labor."

Read more of Derrick's op-ed at The Huffington Post.

 
 
 

Derrick Crowe supports:

  • Raising the minimum wage to $15/hour in 2017 dollars and indexing it to inflation.

  • Renegotiating bad trade deals like NAFTA to favor worker rights and better wages, not corporate profits for CEOs. 

  • Repealing Taft-Hartley, which allows anti-union “right to work” laws in the states.

  • Protecting the Davis-Bacon Act and similar prevailing wage laws, which prevent the federal government from using its purchasing power to lower local labor standards.

  • Eliminating the loophole that allows employers to pay tipped workers less than the minimum wage.

  • A strong Employee Free Choice Act, along the lines of the original proposal in 2007, which would increase democracy in the workplace with “card-check” elections.

  • Closing loopholes that allow corporations to misclassify workers as independent contractors instead of employees.