Bill de BlasioMayor
Bill de Blasio is serving his second term as Mayor of New York City.
Unions and Workers
De Blasio's plan for working people would end “at-will” employment by requiring employees only be fired for just cause and put our taxpayer dollars to work to support more good union jobs. He would also expand access to collective bargaining for workers who are currently excluded, make it harder for employers to deny responsibility for wages and working conditions, and give bargaining rights to all public sector workers.
Has joined striking fast food workers in their Fight for $15 and a union.
Joined striking airport workers in Miami in June.
Supports legislation to make immigrant families welcome and safe in America. As Mayor, pushed to make New York a sanctuary city and created a city ID for undocumented immigrants. He supports eliminating family detention.
Supports the Green New Deal.
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De Blasio unveiled his “worker’s bill of rights” that includes a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour, 2 weeks paid time off, and stronger protections from termination by replacing at-will employment with a just-cause policy.
Early childhood educators in New York City won a new contract signed by Mayor De Blasio that raises their pay and lowers their healthcare costs.
De Blasio Supports Healthcare Expansion, Touts Universal Pre-K in Appearance Before South Carolina Democrats
“There’s plenty of money in this country. It’s just in the wrong hands….when we are the party of working people again, we will win.” de Blasio told a crowd in South Carolina as he promoted his record on education, paid leave for working people and the expansion of healthcare for the uninsured.
While many New Yorkers have criticized the Mayor for failing to do enough to hold police officers accountable who have killed civilians--including Eric Garner and Ramarley Graham--the ACLU reported that stop-and-frisk searches have decreased in de Blasio’s tenure. This practice, which disproportionately targeted people of color, was deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2013.
De Blasio Wants to Combat Climate Change, Raise the Minimum Wage and Establish Single Payer Healthcare
In an effort to address climate change as Mayor, de Blasio pledged to abide by the Paris climate agreement, even after Trump pulled the U.S. out. He also supported an array of policies to help working people--including raising the city and state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour--and has backed a national single-payer healthcare system.
As Mayor of New York, de Blasio has tackled an array of education issues, including an expansion of universal pre-K, which he promised to focus on as President.
"New York City will get its own Green New Deal, Mayor and rumored 2020 candidate Bill de Blasio announced on Monday, in honor of Earth Day."
As De Blasio and other U.S. Mayors announced that they would welcome undocumented immigrants in the face of Trump’s threats to send migrants to sanctuary cities, de Blasio said, “He uses people like pawns...New York City will always be the ultimate city of immigrants – the President’s empty threats won’t change that.”
“Everyone is guaranteed the right to health care, everyone...we are saying the word guarantee because we can make it happen,” de Blasio declared at an event announcing a program that would give all uninsured people in New York City access to a primary care doctor. The program is expected to divert visits from the city’s emergency rooms and cover approximately 600,000 people--including undocumented immigrants.