I’m a proud newer member of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists, Local 206 (AFSCME of the AFL-CIO). I am also a past member of the SEIU when I was a resident, and was active in the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. My wife, Lisa, is a highly active member of the Writers Guild of America, West, serving as the chair of the Guild’s benefits committee. So we are a proud dual-union-member couple. We have lived and fought together through the bitter writers’ strike in 2008 and the contract cycles that come up every three years.
Unions have been the standard-bearers of progress for much of American history, and we need them more than ever in 2017. When we strengthen unions and collective bargaining rights, we help shift our imbalanced economy back toward rewarding work and labor, a key to a more just society and an economy that grows and works for everyone.
I will vigorously fight union-busting and will ensure that all workers have the ability – under the law, and in practice – to collectively bargain for better pay and working conditions. And I will stand with the courageous members of unions like the California Nurses Association when they lead with their values to make a more just society, as they have in the fight for single payer universal health care in California.
I support “card-check” union organizing. Employers should not interfere in employee decisions about joining a union and disputes ought to be resolved quickly through arbitration, whenever possible. This is an important protection of our workforce.