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Candidate Survey Explanations

  • Vinny Black:
  • Organize and unite
  • Sherrie Cohen:
  • To ensure that workers benefit from this legislation, we need a fully funded Enforcement Office to protect workers who come forward to raise complaints, to include strong enforcement tools to better guarantee compliance, and to help ensure collection of owed wages.
  • Allan Domb:
  • Enforcement of our laws is already a requirement of government agencies and I am concerned that a new Enforcement Office would create overlapping responsibilities and authorities and this duplication would create confusion at the same time it takes precious taxpayer funds from other programs. I am in favor of this in concept, but I would have to understand the process and the policies of the enforcement to be in support of a particular plan.
  • Sandra Dungee Glenn:
  • I think the first step would be a major education/public awareness campaign to inform workers of their rights and the establishment of a hotline to report abuses and noncompliance. Then Council should direct the establishment of a database of noncompliant employers that would be linked to their ability to access city services and programs.
  • Beth Finn:
  • Legislation needs two things to be effective: regulation and enforcement. The Fair Work Week ordinance and similar workers’ rights ordinances are great ideas that I fully support. In practice, if we want these initiatives to be more than just symbolic statements, we need to pair these laws with a fully funded enforcement office on day one. Employers must know that if they break the law, they will get caught. Employees need to know that the law exists and how they can ensure it protects them.
  • Katherine Gilmore Richardson:
  • To create a fully funded enforcement office, I would introduce a charter change (a bill and resolution for voter approval via a ballot initiative)to amend the code to allow for a new office of enforcement. After approval in Council, the ballot initiative would go before the people of Philadelphia for approval.
  • Irina Goldstein:
  • Employers are not the bad guys. We want to attract them here and encourage them to expand their businesses. This sort of task force full of virtue-signaling people will just create more gridlock. We are not interested in a Marxist America. The best way to escape a bad employer is to increase options for people. Also, you can't defend the rights of an employee and also be for open borders. Illegal immigration puts people out of work and drives down wages.
  • Helen Gym:
  • Yes. I look forward to working with the Mayor’s Office of Labor on this. One asset of passing a Fair Workweek was it has put political pressure on a strong, energetic enforcement officer to protect workers. The law instituted a working group to develop regulations that ensure workers are protected and businesses can not skirt the law. Such tables lend strength to the push for robust enforcement. I'll call each budget season for increased investment for enforcement of labor laws.
  • Adrian Rivera-Reyes:
  • All work has value and the workers doing said work should have their dignity. A worker will not have that dignity if their bosses are stealing their wages, denying them paid sick leave, and burdening them with an erratic work schedule. To help preserve the dignity of all workers, I support a workers council made up of Philadelphia workers and city officials in the Mayor's Office of Labor to enforce all pro-worker legislation the city has currently enacted and will enact in the future.
  • Mark Ross:
  • I, being a retired labor worker, would definitely support fully funded enforcement office to ensure the ordinances are not violated.
  • Fernando Trevino-Martinez:
  • I'll work with Labor and advocates to create a common-sense policy and I'll work with my colleagues in City Council to enact the appropriate legislation.
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