The Republican convention and your job

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The Republican convention and your job

A worker carries a sign for the Louisiana delegation amid preparations for the arrival of visitors and delegates for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. DOMINICK REUTER/Getty Images

The Republican platform proposal drafted for this week’s party convention in Cleveland has stirred some controversy over its far-right positions on issues of the family and marriage, but there’s plenty of other stuff in the document, including some provisions touching on your life at work. At the same time, other key job-related issues are hard to find.

Party platform calls for redo of labor laws

Union workers will be interested in a section called “Workplace Freedom for a Twenty-First Century Workforce.” It charges the Obama administration and National Labor Relations Board with being anti-business and says an overhaul of labor laws is needed.

“Technology has already created jobs that did not exist fifteen years ago, and today’s workers need flexibility and family-friend options to make the most of them, especially portability in pension plans and health insurance,” the proposed platform reads. “We intend to encourage those trends by bring labor law into the Twenty-First Century.”

The document argues that union workers should be able to freely accept raises and rewards without veto power from union officials. It also contends that it should be easier for unionized workers to find out what’s going on with their union trust funds.

The proposed RNC platform also endorses employee stock ownership plans, and supports the rights of states to enact so-called right-to-work laws, which allow workers represented by unions to avoid paying union dues.

Presumptive Republican nominee and billionaire businessman Donald Trump has been quoted saying that he supports right-to-work laws, but he also has touted his own good relations with unions.

What about the minimum wage?

Whether and how to raise the federal minimum wage has been a hot topic of discussion this election cycle, with Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton publicly sparring on the issue on Twitter just last week.

A draft of the proposed Republican platform doesn’t appear to address federal minimum wage requirements, and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump also has been difficult to pin down on the issue. While he has stated that he personally thinks the minimum wage should be higher, he also has claimed that the minimum wage should be up to the states, and that the federal government should not enact a nationwide minimum wage, according to Politifact.

“No,” Trump replied, when host Chuck Todd asked on NBC’s “Meet The Press” whether the federal government should set a floor for minimum wage. “I’d rather have the states go out and do what they have to do.”

Meanwhile, the Democratic National Convention’s proposed platform includes a $15 minimum wage.

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