Jobs, Unions, & a Livable Wage - Dr. Kathie Allen for Utah Senate Jobs, Unions, & a Livable Wage - Dr. Kathie Allen for Utah Senate

Jobs, Unions, & a Livable Wage

Jobs

Jobs feed both the table and the soul. While jobs displaced by outsourcing may return, jobs displaced by technology won’t. In both cases, America needs to look to the future instead of the past. Just like Utah has done in Lehi’s Silicon Slopes, America should lead the world in embracing new technologies and training workers for the jobs of the 21st Century. We can’t turn back the clock on technology, but we can jump ahead of the curve—and in doing so, American businesses will make more of the money that is currently being hoarded by the rest of the world.

Labor Unions

I support Labor Unions and particularly applaud their apprenticeship and journeyman programs, which provide paid training at a living wage. After finishing such programs, workers have a career with full benefits, including retirement pensions.

Livable Wages

A living wage will strengthen Utah families. I believe that the minimum wage should be as high as possible without causing economic instability—and that means it should be much higher than it is.

When workers get paid under the table, the tax burden on everyone else increases. I support legislation that would bring the underground economy into the light.