Our national workforce keeps our country running and provides invaluable services we often take for granted. Nobody should have to work multiple jobs or extraordinary hours to provide for their family, save for retirement or feel financially secure. As an electrician by trade, I know the best social program in the world is a job and I believe every worker must have an opportunity to succeed, which starts with fair pay. Women have made great strides in history, but it’s time they receive equal pay for equal work and the opportunity to maintain a work and family balance. We need to ensure working families have fair wages, safe working conditions, and a voice in the workplace.
More on America's Workers
South Jersey Times Opinion Editorial.
By Donald Norcross
Any trade deal must first and foremost benefit American workers. Yet, unfortunately, since 1993, our country’s workforce has suffered because of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Some sources say almost 1 million American jobs were lost since NAFTA went into effect, although estimates of net job impacts vary greatly. Every week, more jobs are being outsourced to Mexico. In South Jersey alone we’re down 20,000 manufacturing jobs, which is simply unacceptable.