State of Alabama Archives: on Jobs


Tommy Tuberville: Government shouldn't ensure a livable income

Q: Minimum Wage: Raise federal hourly minimum wage?

Tommy Tuberville: Likely No. Government shouldn't be responsible for ensuring everyone has a livable income.

Doug Jones: Yes. Supports "raising the minimum wage to a living wage."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Alabama Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Chris Sununu: Pregnancy should not be a bar to employment

As part of a strong economy and workforce, we must ensure that everyone is treated with fairness and respect. As part of that effort, I have asked Senator Jeb Bradley to sponsor the New Hampshire Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which will ensure that pregnant women are treated fairly on the job and are provided with reasonable workplace accommodations. No woman should be forced out of a job or denied employment opportunities simply because she is pregnant.
Source: 2020 Alabama State of the State address Feb 13, 2020

Arnold Mooney: Forbid contracts that require union membership

In the Alabama House of Representatives, Mooney's voting patterns have differed little from his GOP colleagues. He has supported restrictions on abortion and sponsored an amendment that put the state's right-to-work law--forbidding contracts that making union membership a condition of employment--in the state Constitution.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser on Alabama voting record May 6, 2019

Walt Maddox: Will make workforce training and development his priority

Today, 600K Alabamians are either unemployed or working in jobs that don't match their skills or their needs. Over 100K commute to other states for work. This trend must stop. Without better and higher paying jobs, our schools, health care, roads and bridges will never meet the standard we deserve. We will make workforce training and development the cornerstone of rebuilding our economy to meet the 21st century. We will make college affordable in our state.
Source: 2018 Alabama gubernatorial campaign website WaltMaddox.com Jul 4, 2018

Doug Jones: Supports a federal living wage

Minimum Wage: Raise the federal minimum wage?

Jones: Yes. Strongly supports a federal "living wage" and equal pay for equal work.

Moore: No

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on 2017 Alabama Senate race Nov 1, 2017

Chris Countryman: Raise the minimum wage

In favor of raising the minimum wage in Alabama. This would ensure an increased revenue stream for the lower and middle class and help stimulate the economy as consumers begin to invest back into the economy. Provisions would be made that allows small and medium sized businesses time to adapt to the minimum wage increases so that the economy can improve without putting these business' survival in jeopardy.
Source: 2018 Alabama Gubernatorial website RethinkAlabama1 Sep 1, 2017

Doug Jones: Supports a "living wage"

So many people in our state work multiple jobs with long hours and still can't make ends meet. It is past time that our minimum wage should be a living wage. Supporting both the innovation of small business and the ability of all working Alabamians to make a living wage are ideas that flow together--and both will be priorities for me in the US Senate.
Source: 2017-2018 Alabama Senate website DougJonesForSenate.com Aug 17, 2017

David Carrington: Need programs to train workers to get jobs & to advance

We must embark on a path to increase our state's median family income from the bottom 10% to the top 50% within the next 10 years. We need to get more workers "in" the system & then have adaptive workforce development programs to help them move "up" in their careers. Not only will more working-age adults enjoy a higher quality of life with a better paying job; minimum wage jobs will become available for young people to enter the workforce, and the state will enjoy higher revenues without raising taxes.
Source: Alabama governor campaign website, DavidCarrington4us.com Jul 17, 2017

Tommy Battle: 21st Century Manufacturing Zone Act: 17,000 new jobs

Battle has served as Huntsville's mayor for eight years. Under his leadership, more than 17,000 new jobs have been created for the area, including the addition of Remington Arms Company and Polaris. He has taken a fiscally conservative, results-driven approach to creating new jobs and better opportunities for Alabamians.

In 2016, Battle worked with leaders across the state to support the Major 21st Century Manufacturing Zone Act. Approved unanimously by the Alabama State Legislature and overwhelmingly by state voters, the act gave more authority to local leaders in communities pursuing major economic development and job creating projects.

Source: 2018 Alabama gubernatorial campaign website TommyBattle.com May 2, 2017

Chris Countryman: Current minimum wage barely meets worker needs

Alabama citizens all across the state are struggling financially due to wages that are completely unacceptable for today's working class citizens. The current minimum wage barely meets the needs of the average worker and must become a living wage. It is essential that the minimum wage is gradually increased over the next several years so that Alabama citizens can survive and contribute to the economic recovery within the state.
Source: 2018 Alabama Gubernatorial campaign website "testtrac2018" Mar 15, 2017

Bill Hightower: Abstained on "right to work" constitutional amendment

HB37: Right to work declared in constitutional amendment; membership in or payment of dues to labor union may not be required for employment.

Washington Examiner analysis: Alabama voters approved a ballot measure that added a right-to-work laws. In states without the laws, union leaders typically insist that their contracts with management include provisions forcing the workers to support the union. Union leaders despise the laws, which are associated with declining membership and depleted treasuries.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 69-33-3, Roll #37 on Feb/16/2016; Passed Senate 25-9-1, Roll #425 on Mar/17/2016; State Sen. Bill Hightower ABSTAINED; Signed by Gov. Bentley on Mar/17.

Source: Birmingham News on Alabama legislative voting record HB2 Mar 17, 2016

Robert Bentley: Let voters decide "right to work" constitutional amendment

HB37: Right to work declared in constitutional amendment; membership in or payment of dues to labor union may not be required for employment.

Washington Examiner analysis: Alabama voters approved a ballot measure that added a right-to-work laws. In states without the laws, union leaders typically insist that their contracts with management include provisions forcing the workers to support the union. Union leaders despise the laws, which are associated with declining membership and depleted treasuries.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 69-33-3, Roll #37 on Feb/16/2016; Passed Senate 25-9-1, Roll #425 on Mar/17/2016; Signed by Gov. Bentley on Mar/17/2016.

Source: Birmingham News on Alabama legislative voting record HB2 Mar 17, 2016

Vivian Davis Figures: Opposes constitutional amendment on "right to work"

HB37: Right to work declared in constitutional amendment; membership in or payment of dues to labor union may not be required for employment.

Washington Examiner analysis: Alabama voters approved a ballot measure that added a right-to-work laws. In states without the laws, union leaders typically insist that their contracts with management include provisions forcing the workers to support the union. Union leaders despise the laws, which are associated with declining membership and depleted treasuries.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 69-33-3, Roll #37 on Feb/16/2016; Passed Senate 25-9-1, Roll #425 on Mar/17/2016; State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures voted NO; Signed by Gov. Bentley on Mar/17.

Source: Birmingham News on Alabama legislative voting record HB2 Mar 17, 2016

Arnold Mooney: Let voters decide "right to work" constitutional amendment

HB37: Right to work declared in constitutional amendment; membership in or payment of dues to labor union may not be required for employment.

Washington Examiner analysis: Alabama voters approved a ballot measure that added a right-to-work laws. In states without the laws, union leaders typically insist that their contracts with management include provisions forcing the workers to support the union. Union leaders despise the laws, which are associated with declining membership and depleted treasuries.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 69-33-3, Roll #37 on Feb/16/2016; State Rep. Arnold Mooney co-sponsored & voted YES; Passed Senate 25-9-1, Roll #425 on Mar/17/2016; Signed by Gov. Bentley on 3/17.

Source: Birmingham News on Alabama legislative voting record HB2 Feb 16, 2016

Barry Moore: Let voters decide "right to work" constitutional amendment

HB37: Right to work declared in constitutional amendment; membership in or payment of dues to labor union may not be required for employment.

Washington Examiner analysis: Alabama voters approved a ballot measure that added a right-to-work laws. In states without the laws, union leaders typically insist that their contracts with management include provisions forcing the workers to support the union. Union leaders despise the laws, which are associated with declining membership and depleted treasuries.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 69-33-3, Roll #37 on Feb/16/2016; State Rep. Barry Moore voted YES; Passed Senate 25-9-1, Roll #425 on Mar/17/2016; Signed by Gov. Bentley on Mar/17/2016.

Source: Birmingham News on Alabama legislative voting record HB2 Feb 16, 2016

John Rogers: Opposes constitutional amendment on "right to work"

HB37: Right to work declared in constitutional amendment; membership in or payment of dues to labor union may not be required for employment.

Washington Examiner analysis: Alabama voters approved a ballot measure that added a right-to-work laws. In states without the laws, union leaders typically insist that their contracts with management include provisions forcing the workers to support the union. Union leaders despise the laws, which are associated with declining membership and depleted treasuries.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 69-33-3, Roll #37 on Feb/16/2016; State Rep. John Rogers voted NO; Passed Senate 25-9-1, Roll #425 on Mar/17/2016; Signed by Gov. Bentley on Mar/17.

Source: Birmingham News on Alabama legislative voting record HB2 Feb 16, 2016

Ron Crumpton: Raise the minimum wage to a living wage & save $7.6B

We need to raise the minimum wage. You cannot be against a raise in the minimum wage and for cutting government assistance, and still say that you are worried about the people living in poverty. The two are in direct conflict. If you do not insure that people are being paid a living wage then you are going to have people who rely on government assistance. It is that simple.

Raising the minimum wage would reduce government expenditures on current income-support programs by $7.6 billion per year--and possibly more. In Alabama, 45% of single parent families are living in poverty, there are 392,000 children receiving food stamps and 95,636 Alabama households are receiving federal rental assistance. Alabama is well above the national average in every one of these categories. Therefore, we would be among those who benefit the most, yet it is our current leaders who are the largest critics of this necessary reform. I would sponsor legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Source: 2016 Senate campaign website CrumptonForAlabama.com Jul 23, 2015

Robert Bentley: Take pride in products stamped "Made In Alabama"

Our state is making great progress. Jobs are coming. We are cutting costs and living within our means--all without raising taxes. Unemployment in Alabama is down to the lowest level in four years. Over 26,000, new, future jobs have been recruited to Alabama in the last two years. Industries from all over the world are choosing to make their home in our state and have invested more than $6 dollars in Alabama in 2012.

From the state's largest cities to the smallest towns, nothing is more important to me than putting people back to work. Because of my steadfast commitment to recruiting jobs for the people of this state, Whether it is 50 jobs in a small town or 1000 jobs in a large city, every job matters to me and especially to that person who will go back to work.

They are the men and women who make up Alabama's greatest economic asset--and that's our workers. I'm proud of our workers, and we should all take pride that the products rolling off the assembly line are stamped "Made In Alabama."

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Alabama Legislature Feb 5, 2013

Robert Bentley: As new governor, job creation is my first priority

My highest priority for Alabama is creating jobs. Stimulating our economy and job creation for the people of Alabama is, and will remain, the focal point of my administration.

I am creating an Office of Small Business Development. We will continue to aggressively pursue businesses that bring new jobs to our state. That means providing work force training and resources to support companies. Under the Full-Employment Act business will be given a one-time tax credit for each new job they create.

Source: 2011 State of the State speech to Alabama legislature Mar 1, 2011

William Barnes: Extend unemployment benefits as subsistence income

I support the extension of unemployment benefits and reason being is that those taxpayers who are unemployed have to have some type of subsistence income to maintain a basic standard of living.

They still have mortgages to pay. If it's not a mortgage, it's rent. They have to live somewhere! We can't just throw them out in the cold. And it's their families too.

Their children shouldn't be hurt. They're innocent! They had nothing to do with that. Why should they be hurt

Source: Left In Alabama (progressive blog) interview of Bill Barnes Jul 27, 2010

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