State of Texas Archives: on Jobs


John Cornyn: Co-sponsored National Right-to-Work Act

Q: Support "right to work" laws, eliminating the ability of unions to mandate dues for workers they represent?

John Cornyn: Yes. Voted to prohibit TSA employees from collective bargaining. Co-sponsored National Right-to-Work Act that would weaken unions.

MJ Hegar: No. Supports rights of workers to unionize and bargain for healthy working conditions, fair wages, and to secure benefits.

Source: CampusElect survey of 2020 Texas Senate race Sep 30, 2020

John Cornyn: 2014: raising minimum wage would be a job killer

Q: Raise federal hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?

John Cornyn: No recent position. Called 2014 bill to raise federal minimum wage a "job killer."

MJ Hegar: Yes. "We need to raise wages instead of giving tax breaks to companies that ship their jobs overseas."

Source: CampusElect survey of 2020 Texas Senate race Sep 30, 2020

MJ Hegar: Raise wages instead of tax cuts for companies exporting jobs

Q: Raise federal hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?

MJ Hegar: Yes. "We need to raise wages instead of giving tax breaks to companies that ship their jobs overseas."

John Cornyn: No recent position. Called 2014 bill to raise federal minimum wage a "job killer."

Source: CampusElect survey of 2020 Texas Senate race Sep 30, 2020

MJ Hegar: Supports rights of workers to unionize, collectively bargain

I am grateful for the hard-fought victories of the labor movement that have created safer and fairer workplaces, and will protect that progress as a senator-- I'll always support the rights of workers to unionize and collectively bargain for safe and healthy working conditions, fair wages, and to secure benefits and pensions. In addition, I will fight efforts to cut pensions, Social Security, and Medicare.
Source: 2020 Texas Senate campaign website MJforTexas.com Jan 20, 2020

Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Raise minimum wage to $15 and tie it to inflation

The American people need a raise. In Texas, our minimum wage is just $7.25 an hour. We need to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and ensure that it is tied to inflation. Wages should be based on the needs of American families, not on the inconsistency of political will in Washington.
Source: 2020 Texas Senate campaign website CristinaForTexas.com Dec 19, 2019

Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Get equal pay for women through Paycheck Fairness Act

Enact Equal Pay for Equal Work through the Paycheck Fairness Act so that we can close the gender pay gap that has left millions of women-- especially Latina and African American women-- behind.
Source: 2020 Texas Senate campaign website CristinaForTexas.com Dec 19, 2019

Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Expand right to unionize; fully fund Labor agencies

The American people work hard and they should be compensated for it. Cristina supports expanding the rights of American workers to unionize to ensure they can negotiate fair wages and conditions with their employers. We must fully fund the Department of Labor Wage and Hour, OSHA and the EEOC to ensure American workers' rights are protected.
Source: 2020 Texas Senate campaign website CristinaForTexas.com Dec 19, 2019

Royce West: Fully supports $15 minimum wage

Hard working Texans deserve a living wage and should not have to live paycheck to paycheck.

I fully support a $15 federal minimum wage and I have fought for legislation to raise the minimum wage in Texas. With the staggering increase in income inequality, a single parent has to work 2 or 3 jobs just to afford putting food on the table. This country can afford to pay workers a dignified, living wage.

Source: 2020 Texas Senate campaign website RoyceWest.com Dec 19, 2019

Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Higher pay and safer conditions for workers

Tzintzun Ramirez has spent most of her career in organizing, advocacy and activism. At 24, she co-founded the Workers Defense Project, where, according to her biography, she helped pass a half dozen state and local laws on behalf of hundreds of thousands of workers, guaranteeing them higher pay and safer working conditions.
Source: Dallas Morning News on 2020 Texas Senate race Aug 12, 2019

Beto O`Rourke: Raise minimum wage from $7.25/hr to $15

Q: Raise the federal minimum wage from current $7.25/hr?

Ted Cruz (R): No. "Raising the minimum wage would cost jobs for the most vulnerable."

Beto O'Rourke (D): Yes. Supports increasing to $15/hr.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Texas Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Ted Cruz: Raising minimum wage costs jobs for the most vulnerable

Q: Raise the federal minimum wage from current $7.25/hr?

Ted Cruz (R): No. "Raising the minimum wage would cost jobs for the most vulnerable."

Beto O'Rourke (D): Yes. Supports increasing to $15/hr.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Texas Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher: Attack by AFL-CIO in union case reflects misunderstanding

The Texas AFL-CIO has accused two candidates of being on the wrong side of a 2016 trial pitting a janitorial services company against a union. Fletcher distances herself from the case: "I was not a client; I was not involved in the representation of the client; and I did not set the strategy or participate in the case in any way." She said the attack on her "reflects a misunderstanding of the role of lawyers," because lawyers don't necessarily agree "with every client on every issue."
Source: Texas Observer on 2018 Congressional TX-7 election Sep 11, 2018

Lupe Valdez: Supports increasing minimum wage, making college affordable

Valdez: Supports increasing the minimum wage, making college affordable for everyone, mandatory paid sick leave for workers and increase trade school and vocational-training opportunities.

[Opponent Andrew] White: Supports increasing the minimum wage, improved skills training and making college affordable for everyone.

Source: Houston Chronicle on 2018 Texas Gubernatorial race May 18, 2018

Andrew White: Knows how to create jobs and make progress

White said he would focus on improving public education, creating jobs and giving people access to affordable health care. "I know how to create jobs," he said. "I know how to deal with complex problems and I know how to build consensus among warring parties so you can make progress."
Source: Dallas News on 2018 Texas Gubernatorial race Jan 5, 2018

Greg Abbott: No state deductions of union dues on paychecks

We should end the practice of government deducting union dues from the paychecks of employees. Taxpayer money shouldn't be used to support the collection of union dues. Sen. Huffman and Rep. Sarah Davis have a good bill that addresses this problem. Let's get it to my desk.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Texas Legislature Jan 31, 2017

Vicente Gonzalez: Support equal pay for equal work for women

Standing Up For Women & Families: I will fight for the women in our families because when we stand-up for and take care of the women in our families, the whole family is stronger.
Source: 2016 Texas House campaign website VicenteGonzalez.com Nov 8, 2016

Donald Trump: I'm the only one on this stage who's hired people

RUBIO: Donald, you've hired a significant number of people from other countries to take jobs that Americans could have filled. You have brought over a thousand people from all over the world to fill maid jobs.

TRUMP: As far as the people I've hired in Florida during the prime season, you could not get help. People didn't want to have part-time jobs. There were part-time jobs, very seasonal, 90-day jobs, 120-day jobs. I'm the only one on the stage that's hired people. You haven't hired anybody.

Source: 2016 CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on eve of Texas primary Feb 25, 2016

John Cornyn: Create jobs by reforming tax code & easing regulations

Our nation continues to struggle through a stagnant recovery characterized by unacceptably high unemployment and underemployment. Though Texas has fared better than most states, we have not been immune. The Obama Administration's economic agenda of job-killing tax hikes, burdensome regulations, and stimulus-style spending has failed. That's why Senator Cornyn and Senate Republicans have introduced a jobs plan to jumpstart the American economy. Starting with commonsense policies to live within our means, Senator Cornyn's plan calls for reforming our convoluted tax code, easing Washington regulations on Texas businesses, and tapping into the abundant energy resources we have here at home. There's a reason why folks from all over the country are moving to Texas: low taxes, sensible regulations, and fiscal restraint have made our state a job-creating powerhouse, and Senator Cornyn will keep pushing for Washington to be more like Texas.
Source: Vote-USA.org on 2014 Texas Senate incumbents Oct 25, 2014

David Alameel: Raise minimum wage so families can work with dignity

Q: How would you help Americans save so they can secure their future and live independently as they age?

A: As Senator, David Alameel will advocate for:

Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2014 Texas Senate race Aug 31, 2014

David Alameel: End tax breaks for sending jobs overseas

The super-rich and mega-corporations have rigged the system in their favor. They are pulling the strings of puppet politicians like John Cornyn and other Washington Republicans in favor of Wall Street--not hardworking Texas families. We need to stop sending politicians to Washington who care more about the bottom line of CEOs on Wall Street than working families in Texas. As Senator, David Alameel will advocate for:
Source: 2014 Texas Senate campaign website May 15, 2014

Tom Leppert: I have created thousands of jobs; we need that in DC

Tom Leppert, a former Dallas Mayor and career business executive, said Texas should not send a career politician or a government lawyer to Washington, but instead choose an experienced businessman. "I have created thousands of jobs," Leppert said. "We don't need someone who goes out and gives speeches about free enterprise, but send someone who has been out there and done those sorts of things."
Source: San Angelo Standard-Times on 2012 Texas GOP Senate debates Apr 13, 2012

David Dewhurst: Less federal meddling on labor relations

Stop National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Over-reach Dewhurst Plan: Less NLRB Meddling, More Job Creation
Source: 2012 Senate Campaign website, dewhurstfortexas.com, "Issues" Mar 25, 2012

Jon Roland: No constitutional authority to regulate private hiring

Source: Texas Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test May 2, 2008

Brian Babin: Opposes affirmative action programs

Source: Texas Legislative 1996 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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