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Since my first introduction to organized labor, volunteering to help educate people about the farm workers unionizing in the 70s, I have been a life-long supporter of labor unions. As a doctoral student in history, I studied under a labor historian. In travels around the district, meeting teachers, steel workers, and farm workers, I’m constantly reminded that 21st century working and middle class prosperity was built on organized labor unions and a progressive tax. Too many people have forgotten that important history of the United States.

Unions help ensure that the economy works for everyone by providing a stepping stone for low-income earners to move into the working class, by stabilizing the middle class, and to be sure that everyone -- in unions and not -- are paid a fair wage and work in safe conditions. My time working in information technology has given me a unique window into a whole category of jobs that are typically unionized but deserve the protections and benefits. I support expanding the definitions of “organizing” and “collective bargaining” so as to bring more types of work groups, such as information-technology workers and ‘gig’ workers, into unions. As our economy shifts and expands, so too must our ideas of workers and unions.

As your Representative in Congress, I would support:

The Protecting the Right to Organize Act, and the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act to bolster the union pensions that were adversely affected by the great recession. If we can help out the big banks, we can help our hard-working union members.

Meet Tracy Mitrano

Tracy Mitrano is a cybersecurity expert, teacher, and mother. She was born and raised in Western New York and has lived in the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes throughout her adult life.

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