Protect Texas workers
Ann Johnson will fight to ensure that all Texans can work in a safe environment, receive fair wages and benefits, and make their voices heard. As your state representative, Democrat Ann Johnson will:
- Raise the minimum wage
- Prevent abuse of workers on the job
- Defend workers’ right to organize
- Support Texans who lost their jobs during the pandemic
Defend workers’ right to organize
Texas is a “right-to-work” state, which weakens unions’ organizing power. Right-to-work laws don’t protect workers; they protect big businesses. They reduce workers’ ability to bargain with their employers. Ann Johnson will strive to overturn right-to-work laws to help Texas workers obtain fairer wages and benefits, and safer working conditions.
Raise the minimum wage
The minimum wage in Texas is only $7.25 per hour, unchanged since 2009 and not keeping up with the rising cost of living. Texans should not have to live paycheck to paycheck or to work multiple jobs to make ends meet. Ann will fight to ensure that the millions of Texans in essential, minimum-wage jobs can provide for their families.
Promote opportunity, safety and equality in the workplace
Ann Johnson’s opponent, Republican Sarah Davis, has failed to stand up for workers over the past decade as Texas legislators have enacted dozens of laws to undermine workers. Ann Johnson will fight to:
- Prevent the misclassification of workers as independent contractors, an illegal practice that allows employers to avoid overtime pay, employment taxes and benefits
- Promote the increased use of apprenticeships to teach workers the skills needed to compete in a global economy
- Ensure companies bidding on public contracts are evaluated on their safety records, health insurance coverage and willingness to hire qualified employees who have conviction records
- Prevent employers from forcing workers to sign unethical non-disclosure or arbitration agreements
- Protect workers’ paychecks against wage theft
- Expand worksite safety training
- Ensure that low-income, high-risk workers understand their workplace rights and how to defend them
- Ensure that all workers, including immigrants regardless of immigration status, can exercise their rights without retaliation
Support Texans who lost jobs in the pandemic
Texas’ unemployment rate hit record highs, leaving hundreds of thousands without income or health insurance. Funding for state unemployment benefits is running dangerously low, and we must shore them up. We must eliminate the one-week waiting period for benefits.
Protect workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
Frontline workers, from nurses to grocery store clerks, risk their health to protect us. Essential workers deserve appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), free workplace COVID-19 testing, paid sick leave, and workers’ compensation coverage.
Where does Republican Sarah Davis stand on worker safety?
Sarah Davis and her Republican colleagues in Austin have focused on increasing profits for their corporate donors, undermining worker protections, and keeping benefits at the bare minimum. Davis is flush with cash from anti-worker, pro-corporate PACs that prioritize profits over people, even calling for COVID-19 liability protections for businesses that endanger the safety of our community.
In 2015, Davis authored a bill requiring Texas courts to dismiss lawsuits for asbestos-related or silica-related injuries from 2005. In 2017, she wrote another bill banning voluntary dues deductions for public employees who belong to professional associations. In 2019, she voted to make it illegal for state-funded projects to make agreements with unions. Also last year, Republican legislators proposed taking away sick leave from hard-working Texans. Sarah Davis has failed to stand up for workers.
Anti-labor Republican Sarah Davis or Democrat Ann Johnson, who stands up to corporate interests and advocates for working families?