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Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Andrew Gillum

Andrew Gillum
AFL-CIO

This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are taking a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.

Here are some of the key reasons why Gillum is one of the best candidates for working people in 2018:

  • Under his leadership as mayor, Tallahassee was one of only 50 cities in the country recognized for being a leader in training workers to have advanced technical skills.

  • He wants to expand Florida's economy beyond tourism, including boosting solar energy programs, which would protect the environment and spur job creation.

  • He wants to eliminate the gender-based pay gap and level the playing field for women in the workplace. 

  • As mayor, he has worked with more than 100 businesses to launch the Family Friendly Workplaces program that prioritizes policies like paid sick days, work-sharing, health insurance, mental health programs, safe and clean breastfeeding rooms, and quality, affordable child care. As governor, he will expand this program.

  • As mayor, he has advanced workforce training programs for underrepresented workers.

  • As mayor, he has implemented "ban the box" and fought for programs to help offenders and at-risk youth get out of the criminal justice system and into the workforce.

  • He will invest $1 billion in Florida's public schools, students and teachers. Among other things, the investment would raise teachers' salaries, restore public school construction funds and increase vocational training.

  • He wants to make college debt-free and and will encourage businesses to help educate the workforce they want to hire.

  • He opposes unaccountable, for-profit charter schools.

  • He favors Medicare for All to lower health care costs and expand coverage.

  • He has forcefully defended immigrants, particularly refugees and those fleeing violence and danger in other countries such as Syria or Haiti.

  • He wants to expand protections for LGBTQ Floridians, so they are protected from discrimination in the workplace.

To learn more about Gillum, visit his website.