One of the best ways to assure that businesses hire D.C. residents is to create stronger partnerships between the business community and our education systems. We need to turn the University of the District of Columbia Community College into a jobs pipeline. As your councilmember, I work hard to review the D.C. government’s workforce development programs to ensure we’re spending efficiently and putting our educational and training resources into where jobs will be down the road.
I also think that workers need to be paid a living wage and have access to paid sick days. These are issues I championed in my 2013 campaign. I lost that election, but I still followed through on my promise to get these pieces of legislation through the Council. I am proud to say that I helped lead the advocacy effort to raise D.C.’s minimum wage to $11.50 by 2016 (and indexed for inflation thereafter) and that restaurant workers are covered by our paid sick days law.