Kansas Democrats believe we must break down all the barriers holding Kansans back and restore the basic bargain that built Kansas’ mighty middle class: If you work hard and play by the rules, you can get ahead and stay ahead. The system is not working when we have a rigged economy in which ordinary Kansans work longer hours for lower wages, while most new income and wealth goes to the top one percent. Republican politicians and their corporate allies have launched attack after attack on workers’ fundamental rights to organize and bargain collectively.
The right to collectively bargain is essential so that working men and women have the strength to improve their living standards, provide for their families and build a strong middle class. Kansas Democrats believe collective bargaining is a fundamental right.
Democrats believe that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage and must be increased to be a living wage. No one who works full-time should have to raise a family in poverty. We believe that Kansans should earn a living wage and have the right to form or join a union.
Kansas Democrats believe “right to work” laws are wrong for workers who serve our communities every day—and wrong for Kansas. We will continue to vigorously oppose those laws and other efforts to eliminate dues check-off procedures, roll-back prevailing wage standards, abolish fair share requirements, restrict the use of voluntary membership payments for political purposes, attack seniority, restrict due process protections, and require annual recertification efforts. We oppose legislation and lawsuits that would strike down laws protecting the rights of all Kansas workers.
Work and Family
Kansas Democrats will fight for paid family and medical leave. Collective bargaining provides working people the opportunity to make their workplaces work for working families. Many unions have arrived at innovative agreements that help working people meet their family obligations while ensuring the employer can succeed.
Workers’ Compensation Reform
Kansas Democrats believe in a fair, equitable and efficient workers compensation law. Founded in the early 1900s, this program should protect workers who are hurt on the job. Kansas Democrats will fight to strengthen workers’ compensation in the interest of Kansas workers.Kansas Democratic Party Platform
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