As we approach the 2016 presidential election working families want to know about the issues at stake and where the candidates stand.
We've put together information* on leading declared and potential candidates and their positions on issues critical to AFT members and the communities they served Read and consider carefully. Then let us know who you think deserves the AFT's endorsement and support. Visit aft.org/election2016.
It's your union. It's your voice. You decide.
K-12 Education Higher Education BIDEN Longtime supporter Led the Obama of increased federal administration's funding for critical $500 million preK-12 education initiative to create programs. and expand innovative A firm opponent of partnerships between private school community colleges vouchers. and businesses to train workers with the skills employers need. CLINTON Leader of "Too Small Has fought to expand to Fail," an effort financial aid for to improve the low-income college health and well- students. being of children from birth to age 5. Supports increased Title 1 funding for schools in need. Opposes private school vouchers. O'MALLEY As governor, Increased state invested record funding to allow amounts in Maryland colleges Maryland's public and universities to schools. Under freeze tuition from O'Malley, funding 2007-2011. increased by 37 percent. Opposes private school vouchers. SANDERS Signed the Fix Co-sponsored the America's Schools Student Loan Today (FAST) Act of Affordability Act, 2011. which extended the reduced interest Co-sponsored an rate for Stafford amendment student loans. v to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act for increased funding. BUSH As governor of Ended affirmative Florida, signed action in Florida's legislation to colleges and evaluate students universities, and teachers based leading to a sharp on high-stakes drop in minority tests, create for- higher education profit charter and enrollment. virtual schools, and provide vouchers for private and religious schools. Launched the nation's first statewide voucher program. CHRISTIE As governor of New Cut state funding to Jersey, cut funding New Jersey colleges in 201 1 budget, and universities. which the state Supreme Court ruled violated the state constitution. CRUZ Supports turning Voted to cut Pell federal education Grants that help dollars into low-income students vouchers that can be attend college. used to fund private schools. JINDAL As governor of Proposed hundreds of Louisiana, proposed millions of dollars budget for 2015 in cuts to higher that keeps state education, even funding with no though public increase in six colleges and years. universities in Louisiana already Implemented a receive less money private school was on a per-pupil basis ruled than in any other unconstitutional by state. a Louisiana judge. KASICH As governor of Ohio, Cut state support to proposed a massive higher education by expansion of the 6 percent. state's voucher program that would have drained funds from public schools and used tax dollars to fund private schools. PAUL Supports private Voted to cut Pell school vouchers. Grants that help Would abolish the low-income students U.S. Department of attend college. Education. Sponsored federal voucher legislation. RUBIO Presided over a $2.3 Voted to cut Pell billion cut to Grants that help Florida education as low-income students speaker of the attend college. Florida House. Supports federal voucher legislation. WALKER Supports the In 2015, slashed expansion of voucher $300 million from programs that drain Wisconsin's higher funds from public education budgets. schools and use taxpayer dollars to fund private schools. Affordable Care Act Labor/Jobs/ Economy BIDEN Strongly supported Supports raising the and advocated for minimum wage and is the ACA: The ACA sharply critical of gives "the American rising income people more freedom inequality. and control over their healthcare choices, improving the quality of the care that they receive and reducing cost, all by building on the best of our private insurance system." CLINTON Is committed to Favors raising the preserving and minimum wage and is improving the ACA. an avowed union supporter. "When I'm president, we're going to stand up for unions. We're going to make sure they can organize for fair wages and good working conditions." O'MALLEY Supports the ACA. Supports increasing Maryland was one of the minimum wage. the first states to set up a health Supports insurance exchange. strengthening collective bargaining rights. In 2007, signed an executive order to grant collective bargaining rights to healthcare aides and child care workers. SANDERS Introduced the Supports raising the American Health minimum wage. Is also a strong Security Act, which supporter of would guarantee expanded collective healthcare as a bargaining rights human right and for public provide every U.S. employees. citizen and permanent resident with healthcare coverage and services through a state-administered, single-payer program. BUSH Does not support the Has voiced ACA and calls it opposition to "flawed to the minimum wage core." increases. Wants to weaken collective bargaining rights for teachers and other public employees, and supports laws that undermine the strength of public and private sector unions. CHRISTIE Opposed the ACA, Opposed raising the calling it a "failed minimum wage. federal program." Was a vocal supporter of Scott Walker's attacks in Wisconsin on public employee rights. CRUZ Opposed the ACA. Opposed attempts to raise the minimum wage. JINDAL Opposed the ACA. Opposes recent attempts to raise the minimum wage. Supports legislation that would wipe out payroll deductions for union members and silence the voice of teachers and other public employees. KASICH Opposed the ACA. Through state Senate Bill 5, attempted to wipe out workplace rights for teachers, frefghters and other public employees. His efforts were defeated by popular referendum. PAUL Opposes the ACA and Says we should has voted to repeal abolish the minimum it. wage. Opposes collective bargaining rights, and supports legislation intended to hinder the effectiveness of unions. RUBIO Opposed the ACA. Opposes increasing the minimum wage and doesn't think that the minimum wage law works. As speaker of the Florida House, sponsored a bill attacking union rights. WALKER Opposed the ACA. In 2011, pushed legislation that stripped public employees of collective bargaining rights; in 2015, supported and signed a so- called right-to- work bill in Wisconsin designed to hinder and harass private sector unions. Retirement Security Immigration BIDEN Opposes privatizing Supports Social Security, comprehensive cutting benefits and immigration raising the reform with a retirement age. pathway to citizenship. Supports the DREAM Act. CLINTON Opposes cutting Supports Social Security comprehensive benefits, immigration privatizing the reform with a program and raising pathway to the retirement citizenship. age. Supports the DREAM Act. O'MALLEY Opposes privatizing Supports Social Security and comprehensive instead supports immigration expanding the reform with a benefit. pathway to citizenship. Championed a version of the DREAM Act for Maryland's public colleges and universities. SANDERS Promotes Supports strengthening the comprehensive social safety net by immigration reform expanding Social with a pathway to Security, Medicare, citizenship. Medicaid and nutrition programs. Supports the DREAM Act. BUSH Advocates for Opposes the Obama privatization of administration's Social Security and executive order raising the protecting retirement age for undocumented Social Security. children (DACA and DAPA). Supports the DREAM Act. CHRISTIE Signed legislation Opposes the Obama that slashed administration's pensions by $1.5 executive order billion, which the protecting courts ruled was in undocumented violation of state children (DACA law. and DAPA). CRUZ Supports raising the Opposes the Obama retirement age for administration's Social Security, executive order reducing the growth protecting undocu- rate of Social mented children Security benefits (DACA and DAPA). and privatizing Social Security. JINDAL Tried to eliminate Opposes the Obama defined benefit administration's pensions for public executive order protecting employees. undocumented children (DACA and DAPA). KASICH Supported Opposes the Obama legislation that cut administration's state funding for executive order employee pensions. protecting undocu- mented children (DACA and DAPA). PAUL Would raise the Opposes the Obama retirement age for administration's Social Security, and executive order supports what would protecting undocu- be the largest cuts mented children to Social Security (DACA and DAPA). in U.S. history. RUBIO Supports raising the Opposes the Obama retirement age for administration's Social Security. executive order protecting undocu- mented children (DACA and DAPA). WALKER As governor, slashed Opposes the Obama state contributions administration's to employee executive order pensions. protecting undocu- mented children (DACA and DAPA). * Sources and citations are available in the online version at aft.org/election2016. ([dagger]) This chart reflects a brief snapshot of the candidates' positions.