Unions and Workers Rights
As a proud, 13-year member of the Carpenter’s Union, I am a strong believer in protecting the rights of working people to advocate for safe working conditions and a wage which allows the worker to support his or her family; a family wage.
I will advocate for policies that protect workers and enact standards to ensure safe and respectful workplace conditions. I will also work to continue the establishment, funding, and promotion of comprehensive training programs which help prepare Pennsylvanians for jobs hiring in their field.
If we want our kids to be prepared to take on the world, we need to make some changes to our educational system. I believe that we must provide students with life lessons rather than just the skills to pass a standardized test. I will work to take pressure off of local school districts and municipal governments by advocating for a steady flow of state funding for all levels of education.
I will also work to increase funding for vocational opportunities in our district, to provide additional avenues of success for our youth.
Far too many Pennsylvania families have become all too familiar with the effects of prescription drug abuse. In order to address this critical challenge, I will push for common sense improvements to our centralized prescription drug database.
I believe that we are most effective when we are united in our efforts. That’s why I would propose a contract between UPMC and Allegheny Health Network that would benefit consumers, cut costs, and best serve working Pennsylvanians.