Mike Gravel on Jobs

Libertarian for President; Former Dem. Senator (AK); withdrew from Presidential primary July 2019


Right to Own: employees can buy out companies that close

Job insecurity is a terrifying thing, and our economic system mandates that businesses shut down their stores, lay off their employees, and close their offices in a never-ending cycle of feast and famine. But while businesses come and go, people's livelihoods don't have to. Based on the U.K. Labor Party's policy of the same name, the Right to Own would be a policy of employees being the first to be able to buy out a company when it's going under or being sold. They have the right of first refusal: whether it's being bought by another company or going out of business, the employees will be able to buy out their workplace and ensure that they get to control their own business, income, life, and livelihood.

The United States should institute a policy of the Right to Own, ensuring that, when a company is being sold or is going out of business, the first group that has the chance to buy out the business's assets and IP are the workers themselves.

Source: 2020 Presidential campaign website MikeGravel.com , Apr 9, 2019

Communists helped unions end child labor & set 8-hr workday

The Communist Party had been involved in organizing major labor unions since its inception in 1919. Let me say it: the pressure exerted by these unions ended child labor and won the eight-hour work day. But the Smith Act of 1940, signed by FDR, made it illegal to advocate the violent overthrow of the government. That gave the unions authority to purge Communists from their ranks, making Communism pretty much a spent force in America. In addition, American workers bought into the explosion of consumerism, not Communism, as the way to improve their lives in post-war America. McCarthyís hysteria was based largely on his own lust for power and notoriety, as he exploited television as a new factor in American politics. He also exploited the fear that spread with the Sovietís explosion of a nuclear device in 1949.
Source: A Political Odyssey, by Mike Gravel, p.106 , May 2, 2008

Support unionization; raise federal minimum wage

Source: Presidential Election 2008 Political Courage Test , Apr 22, 2008

Claims 100% rating with AFL-CIO for full legislative career

Former Sen. Gravel was the only Democratic presidential candidate who didnít appear at the forum. The AFL CIO didnít invite him because he failed to return its questionnaire on time, which was distributed to all Democratic and Republican candidates. According to CNN.com, Gravel said, ďItís our mistake, but they are using our mistake to deny me an appearance before the AFL CIO group and I had a 100 percent voting record for twelve years as senator and four years in the state legislature.Ē
Source: FactCheck on 2007 AFL-CIO Democratic primary forum , Aug 7, 2007

Minimum wage as president OK, but we need living wage

Q: If youíre elected to serve as president, would you be willing to do this service for the next four years and be paid the national minimum wage of $7.25 per hour?

GRAVEL: Oh, yes, I would, but I would say that we donít need a minimum wage; we need a living wage. We donít have that in this country because of what they passed.

DODD: I donít think I could live on the minimum wage, but Iím a strong advocate to seeing to it that we increase it at least to $9 or $10.



OBAMA: We could afford to do it for a few years. Most folks canít. And thatís why weíve got to fight and advocate for [an increase].

Q: Would you serve at minimum wage?

RICHARDSON: Yes, I would.

BIDEN: I couldnít afford to stay in the Congress for the minimum wage. But if I get a second job, Iíd do it.

KUCINICH: I think we need to increase the minimum wage and so all my neighbors can get an increase in their wages.

Q: So would you work for it?

KUCINICH: I would. But I wouldnít want to.

Source: [X-ref Clinton] 2007 YouTube Democratic Primary debate , Jul 23, 2007

Citizens Wage: individuals share in nationís total affluence

For a nation supposedly devoted to the ideas of democracy, it is a curious fact that the most important aspect of daily life in America--the aspect of work--is almost totally removed from any association with democracy.

The question a peopleís platform must address is how every American can participate in the economy and obtain from it the basic financial security which is their share of this material affluence. I believe it should be done through a Citizenís Wage, to which everyone is entitled at birth and which is available to the worker and the poor alike. The Citizenís Wage should be seen as a dividend from the nationís total affluence and as a reflection of each personís right to economic security. The amount paid to the individual should be geared realistically to the level of income needed to maintain a minimum, decent standard of living. The Citizenís Wage should also become an effective tool for the long-run economic improvement of our entire society.

Source: Citizen Power, by Sen. Mike Gravel, p. 91-93 , Jan 1, 1972

Sponsored bill helping employees buy closing businesses.

Gravel sponsored helping employees buy businesses that are closing or moving

OnTheIssues.org EXPLANATION: Provides federal loan guarantees for Employee Stock Ownership Plans for businesses where the business is moving away or going bankrupt.

OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: A bill to preserve jobs and stabilize communities by facilitating employee or employee-community ownership of concerns that would otherwise close down, move out of the community or be sold by existing owners to unrelated outside interests, and to promote broadened stock ownership of such concerns through employee stock ownership plans, general stock ownership plans, and other broadened ownership plans.


Source: Voluntary Broadened Stock Ownership Act (S.1058) 79-S1058 on May 2, 1979

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