My plans for 2012
I want you to be the first to know about my plans for 2012: Today, I’m announcing that I will seek re-election as Oregon’s Labor Commissioner.
As your Labor Commissioner, I’ve pursued three priorities:
- Creating jobs. To me, a job is about more than just a paycheck – especially in tough times. A job is also about dignity, about each of us being able to provide for our families.
- Training our workforce. We need to help people gain the skills they need to compete in our rapidly-changing world, and we must prepare our children to follow their dreams and compete in a global economy.
- Fairness. We need a Labor Commissioner who will stand up for our hardworking, middle-class families and protect them from employers that don’t follow the rules.
In my time at the Bureau of Labor and Industries, we’ve been able to train more than 4,000 Oregonians across the state through apprenticeships and help ensure that people are trained for the high-wage, high-demand jobs of the future. We restored career technical education to schools across Oregon so our children can get access to critical opportunities that can lead to good jobs once they graduate. And, when Oregon’s workers were treated unfairly, denied wages, or discriminated against, we recovered over $12 million in back wages for them.
As your Labor Commissioner, I will continue to work to rebuild Oregon’s middle class. I will make sure that we create job opportunities, train our workers for family-wage jobs and protect workers if they face discrimination or fraud in the workplace.
Let’s build on this record of success: help me win in May and continue fighting for Oregon’s middle class by endorsing my campaign for Labor Commissioner.
All my best,