Preparing for the Jobs of Tomorrow
I know the struggles of small business owners, having successfully operated my family’s insurance brokerage in Queens for almost a decade. Creating jobs in the local community and helping workers provide for their families, the way my father provided for our family, is something in which I have taken great pride. However, this becomes increasingly difficult in an economic environment where the interests of big business and their lobbyists are placed ahead of the interests of small business owners.
As most skilled manufacturing jobs move offshore and service sector jobs become automated, we must get serious about preparing our displaced workers and youth for the jobs of tomorrow, many of which are here now. As your Congressman, I will ensure that America readies for this transition through substantial investments in education and the retraining of displaced workers, embracing new technologies and industries, and by pulling the brakes on “free-trade” agreements that are harmful to American industries and workers.
In Congress, I will push for the creation and development of cooperative programs between local universities and businesses to encourage local hiring and to match skilled workers with companies, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. I will also fight to provide incentives and tax credits for small business to play a more significant role in hiring and retraining displaced workers. By making skills acquisition and jobs transitioning less of a burden, we can provide the agility necessary so everyone who wants to work, can.
On Long Island, we have a unique opportunity to address our inadequate and increasingly storm-ravaged infrastructure in a way that not only puts thousands of people to work, but also improves our environment and quality of life. With the ever-present threat of climate change looming over our region, I will propose linking regional infrastructure improvements to our power grid and transportation networks as part of a broader jobs initiative that embraces developing technologies such as electromagnetic levitation, solar and wind. Making these necessary improvements will allow our region to remain competitive on a national and international scale.
Over the past twenty years, we have seen a barrage of free trade agreements that have been disastrous for American workers. Many of these deals, which were brokered by corporate lobbyists, enabled corporate executives to continue delivering “record profits” to their stakeholders by exporting our jobs to countries that have lower wages and fewer protections for workers. The fleecing of America’s manufacturing capabilities ends here and now. In Washington, I will work with my colleagues to prevent any deal that furthers the wholesale export of American industries and jobs.