Omari Hardy is fighting to:
- Raise the minimum wage.
- Strengthen labor unions.
- Guarantee workplace protections.
- Guarantee 12 weeks parental leave for all workers.
Unions built the middle class, and the middle class built the American Dream. That is not a platitude – it is a historical fact. When unions were strong, workers were strong, families were strong, America was strong.
But over the last several decades, the middle class has struggled, and it has struggled because politicians on both sides of the aisle have worked together with big business to take power from labor unions, and consequently, from workers themselves. This trend started with the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947. Taft-Hartley took power from unions and workers by promoting and allowing so-called ‘right to work’ laws. And it continued here in Florida in 1968, when voters enshrined ‘right to work’ in the state constitution.
‘Right to work’ really means ‘right to work for less,’ and what Dr. King said of places where ‘right to work’ is law, is unfortunately true of our community in South Florida. We need higher wages, better jobs, and more civil rights for workers. And we need a representative in Congress who will fight to pass national labor laws that will raise wages and improve benefits and protections for all workers in every state, including workers in Florida.
Omari Hardy is proud to have held a union card during his time as a classroom teacher and is the only person in the race to have been a member of a labor union. Omari knows that workers need power and that there is power in a union.
As a city commissioner, Omari fought for fair wages for city employees, and during the COVID-19 crisis, he fought for hazard pay and for personal protective equipment for all essential workers. While serving in the Florida House, Omari fought against Republican attacks on workers and their right to organize. As your representative in Congress, Omari will work to leverage the immense power of the federal government to improve wages, benefits, and workplace safety for all workers in every state, even Republican-controlled states like Florida. Once elected, Omari will work to:
- Repeal Taft-Hartley
- Pass the PRO Act
- Require employers to provide at least 12 weeks paid parental leave and up to 6 weeks paid sick leave for documented illnesses.
- Ban companies that pay poverty wages from bidding on federal contracts.
- End forced arbitration clauses in employee contracts that silence victims of workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, and other abuses.
- Allow agricultural and domestic workers to form labor unions and collectively bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and workplace protections.