- Robert Lynn Green
- I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Working Family Agenda
I got this at my last meeting with the Central Oklahoma Labor Federation. I believe it to be the basis for a contract with America's working families. Let me know what you think:
In an effort to improve the lives of working families, within the jurisdiction of the Central Oklahoma Labor Federation, we submit these issues as our Working Family Agenda:
1, All workers must have the right to join a union without the fear of intimidation. We support legislation that will allow more freedom to join a union. We also support efforts to make employers bargain in good faith with unions and recognize public employee unions with binding arbitration on contracts and grievances.
2. Workers have a right to a Living Wage. We support living wage ordinances and laws at all levels of government. No full time worker should live below the poverty level and government should not use tax dollars to fund poverty.
3. Support Public Education. We will continue to support teachers and support personnel within the school districts in their efforts to improve public education for our kids.
4. More access to healthcare. Working families deserve access to affordable, quality healthcare. We will work with our unions and community allies to make sure workers receive access to quality healthcare.
5. Economic Development with Good Jobs. We will work to assure that economic development includes the creation of good jobs with living wages.
6. Repeal the So Called Right to Work Law. This law was sold as a way to bring in good jobs and increase pay for working families. Neither has been the case. Oklahoma has actually lost jobs since the passage of State Question 695 in 2001. (Note: This affects Oklahoma and about 25 other states, most of whom have lower average wages than the non-"right to work" states.)
7. Increase the State Minimum Wage. The federal minimum wage has not been raised since the early 1990’s. If the federal government won’t act on low wage workers’ behalf state legislatures must.
Along with these specific issues, the Central Oklahoma Labor Federation is committed to work with the National AFL-CIO and the Oklahoma State AFL-CIO on working family legislation at the federal and state levels.
Let it be known to all that we will fight against harmful legislation or acts against working families. We can no longer allow anti-worker groups or politicians sell the public a bill of goods like so called Right to Work and Workers Compensation Reforms that take away the rights of workers.