Delaware Democrats support conditions that lead to good paying jobs with fair wages and comprehensive benefits to grow the working and middle class and provide opportunity for all workers. We are committed to building strong and sustained economic growth.
Infrastructure: Delaware Democrats are proponents of putting Delawareans to work updating and expanding our roadways, bridges, rails lines, and public transit, which will enhance Delaware’s long-term economic growth while making our roads safer. Beyond transportation-related projects, we believe in identifying, supporting, and advancing key projects, such as expanding the Port of Wilmington, upgrading Delaware’s energy supply, and increasing high-speed internet access across the state, as a means to attract and retain businesses.
Wages: No one who works full-time should have to struggle to provide for their family. Delaware Democrats support our state’s working families and strongly believe in a $15 minimum wage, paid sick leave, and short-term disability insurance. We believe in fair business practices that treat workers with respect and dignity, such as increasing income and job security; providing more predictability, stability, autonomy, and adequate hours in work schedules; and allowing workers to meet their family and caregiving responsibilities without being penalized by employers. We also support the development of mass transit, particularly in the rural areas of our state, to allow all Delawareans to more easily reach their places of employment
Organized Labor: Delaware Democrats firmly support the right of workers to organize, to form a union if the majority so choose, and collectively bargain, regardless of where they work. The rights of workers to bargain collectively for better wages and benefits have been under attack, and therefore we support preserving prevailing wage laws for publicly funded construction projects. Additionally, we oppose any anti-worker, statewide “right to work” legislation or policies, any “right to work” zones, “paycheck protection” legislation, or any other legislation or policy designed specifically to diminish or weaken unions in Delaware.
Community Workforce Agreements: The Delaware Democratic Party believes that taxpayer-funded community workforce agreements should include local hire provisions for area residents on all targeted projects, to promote inclusion and upward economic mobility.
Clean Energy Jobs: Delaware must invest in clean energy to become more competitive nationally and globally. Delaware Democrats promote energy independence and energy efficiency. These new technologies are already transforming our state’s economy, and harnessing these forces will create good paying jobs.
Small Business: The Delaware Democratic Party strongly supports small businesses and entrepreneurship, and we need to make it easier for them to succeed. Small businesses are engines of opportunity, particularly for minority communities. We should discard unreasonable regulations, target funding for small businesses in underserved communities, and provide tax relief and simplification in order to grow jobs faster in Delaware.