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Issue Position: Workers' Rights

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I will always vote to protect working Americans.

As your next Congressman, I intend to represent the voice of working Americans in Washington DC and I will work to bring jobs to the communities of Illinois.

Health care has been the number one bone of contention in labor negotiations over the past 5-10 years. As a physician, I am a strong advocate of a Universal Coverage National Healthcare Program that would resolve this issue in contract negotiations.

We must enforce legislation that prohibits employers from firing employees who are union organizers. I support legislation that protects the freedom of speech, the right to assemble and the right to organize. These rights represent the very essence of democracy and are founding principles of our culture. As your next Congressman, I will be a proud co-sponsor of the "Employee Free Choice Act", H.R. 3619.

We must renegotiate our position within NAFTA and the other trade agreements similar to NAFTA. We must only be involved in trade agreements with tough labor and environmental protections, and these protections must be enforceable through trade sanctions.

We must have legislation that prohibits employers from permanently replacing or discharging striking employees.

Workers must be allowed to organize labor unions, free from any interference from employers.

We need an increase in the minimum wage; no American who works hard for 40 hours per week should live in poverty.

We must insist on increased funding for OSHA, enabling it to fully enforce workplace health and safety laws.

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