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Julian Castro on Jobs

Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn); former HUD Secretary

 


We need to invest and spark new job opportunities

I think we need to focus on making sure that we spark job opportunity for people across this country. I would invest in infrastructure to put people back to work. I would invest in a Green New Deal to unleash millions of new jobs in a clean energy economy. On top of that, we need to support working families. We need to invest in things like universal childcare so that people can afford childcare instead of having to pay 20% of their income for it.
Source: October Democratic CNN/NYTimes Primary debate , Oct 15, 2019

Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour

Castro on Minimum Wage: Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour.

19 CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Joseph Biden, Jr.; Cory Booker; Steve Bullock; Peter Buttigieg; Bill de Blasio; John Delaney; Tulsi Gabbard; Kirsten Gillibrand; Kamala Harris; John Hickenlooper; Jay Inslee; Amy Klobuchar; Seth Moulton; Beto O`Rourke; Tim Ryan; Bernard Sanders; Eric Swalwell; Elizabeth Warren; Marianne Williamson.

There's broad support among Democratic presidential candidates for doubling the hourly minimum from $7.25 to $15, and then allowing it to rise automatically with inflation, as proposed by House Democrats in the Raise the Wage Act. Even centrists like Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Vice President Joe Biden favor this. In 2016, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton favored going only to $12 (though she expressed strong support for states that raised it to $15).

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Opposed unionizing city employees

Castro promised not to use the mayor's office to empower unions. While Castro backed the right of non-uniformed city employees to "meet and confer" with the city manager, something unanimously approved by a 2008 council vote, he stressed that "it's non-binding; it's not collective bargaining," and opposed granting such rights to civilian city employees. Nonetheless, he received the endorsements of several local unions, including the San Antonio Police Officers Association.
Source: Jacobin Magazine on 2020 Democratic primary contenders , Feb 15, 2019

Minimum wage should be a living wage

It is a shame today that we have not seen a minimum wage increase in almost a decade. It's different than it used to be, right? You used to be able to work 40 hours, even on minimum wage, and be able to provide for your family. Today that's not true. And we need to get back to a place in this 21st Century where that is true. The economy works for everybody.
Source: ABC This Week 2019 interviews for 2020 Democratic primary , Jan 6, 2019

2009: Convened San Antonio Job Summit

On December 16, 2009, Mayor Julian Castro convened the 2009 San Antonio Job Summit, a half-day forum bringing together key stakeholders in the community. More than 100 leaders from the business and public sectors joined to provide answers to questions posed by President Obama's Forum on Jobs and Economic Development. The stakeholders represented the following economic sectors: manufacturing, aviation, technology, cyber security, government, insurance, utilities, communication, non-profit, education, small and micro-business, hospitality, labor, and local Chambers of Commerce. After presentations by Mayor Castro and a local economist on the state of the national, regional, and local economies, attendees were divided into 12 roundtable discussions. Conclusions on Federal Policy Implications include that the federal government should enact policies that encourage the resumption of lending nationwide.
Source: City of San Antonio Mayoral press release, "Job Summit" , Jan 8, 2010

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