Henderson, Nev. – Rosen for Nevada announced today that the Nevada State AFL-CIO has officially endorsed Jacky Rosen in the Democratic primary for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District. The Nevada State AFL-CIO represents more than 200,000 members of 120 unions across Nevada.
“The Nevada State AFL-CIO is an incredibly important voice standing up for our state’s working families, and I’m honored to have their endorsement in this race,” said Jacky Rosen. “We need to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and Wall Street. I’ve seen firsthand the real struggles of families in our community, and that’s why I will fight in Congress to end pay discrimination, raise the minimum wage, kill bad trade deals, improve workplace protections and protect Social Security and Medicare for our seniors.”
Jacky was the first member of her family to graduate from college, attending the University of Minnesota where she worked two jobs and took out student loans to make ends meet. Over summers, Jacky waitressed in Las Vegas and was a proud member of Culinary Workers Union Local 226.
Earlier this week, Jacky addressed the Nevada State AFL-CIO’s 2016 COPE Conference. Here are several key excerpts:
On equal pay for equal work:
“There is legislation in Washington to address this issue: The Paycheck Fairness Act. This bill would strengthen every woman’s power to combat pay discrimination in the workplace. But unfortunately, Republican obstruction has stood in the way of this important legislation. Congressman Heck has repeatedly voted to block the bill from moving forward. Michael Roberson, one of my potential opponents in this race, has said that he doesn’t believe pay discrimination against women even exists.”
On raising the minimum wage:
“I believe that everything starts with our economy. We’ve got to invest in growing and attracting good-paying jobs and reforming the rules of the road so that workers are paid fairly and receive proper workplace protections. The first step is fighting to raise the minimum wage. I support raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, properly indexing it to the cost of living, and ensuring that tipped workers get parity with hourly workers.”
On bad trade deals:
“Trade is an extremely important part of our economy. I will oppose any bad trade deal that comes before me in Congress, and that would include the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trade legislation must be in the best interest of American workers, particularly our workers here in Southern Nevada. Any legislation that fails to pass that test will not get my vote.”
On retirement security for seniors:
“I have seen first-hand, through my parents and my in-laws, how critical Social Security and Medicare are as a lifeline for our seniors. These aren’t just programs – these are promises. That in this country, growing old doesn’t mean growing poor –that every senior deserves to retire with dignity. I will do everything in my power to fight extreme Republican efforts to undermine these promises through vouchers, cutting benefits, or privatization.”