Economic Opportunity

Strengthening Our Middle Class

Chris Dodd believes it’s time we had a President who can break the deadlock between workers and employers in this country – who can bring people together to create an environment and an economy that respects work and builds wealth. For 32 years, he’s fought to protect collective bargaining rights, secure pensions, and fair wages. And he has worked to curb the outsourcing of American jobs. As President, Chris Dodd will bring the values and aspirations of working people into the White House.

The Dodd Plan to Create Economic Opportunity

  • Restore Workers’ Freedom to Form Unions. Chris Dodd believes the freedom to form a union is one of our most fundamental rights. He will use the power of the presidency to ensure that the right to organize is upheld and to pass the Employee Free Choice Act.
  • Enhance the Family Medical Leave Act to Include Paid Leave. Chris Dodd knows that far too many workers who need the protections of the FMLA cannot afford to take the time off. He will guarantee at least six weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, an elderly parent or sick family member, or one’s own serious illness.
  • Increase Child Care and Elder Care Assistance. Chris Dodd will help working parents balance their commitments to work and family by making child care programs more affordable and flexible. He will also increase assistance to working Americans who care for their elderly relatives.
  • Safeguard Pension Plans from Corporate Raiding and Protect Overtime Pay. Chris Dodd will enhance federal oversight of pensions. Employees should never have to forfeit their retirement security to pay for corporations’ mistakes. Chris Dodd will also fight to guarantee workers are always compensated time-and-a-half for overtime work and prevent employers from avoiding their obligations through unfair pay period calculations.
  • Create Jobs and Bolster Training Programs in Conjunction with Implementing a Comprehensive Energy Policy. Chris Dodd will create a technical education curriculum that trains a new generation of automobile mechanics, electricians and construction workers to maintain energy-efficient goods, from cars to homes. His energy plan will create jobs at every stage, from production to maintenance.
  • Make Workplaces Safer: Chris Dodd will promote efforts to enhance safety in the workplace that all businesses can understand and comply with. He will also protect workers who have been injured on the job from unfair retaliation or loss of benefits of any kind.
  • Enforce Trade Laws at Home and Abroad. Chris Dodd will insist that every trade agreement America enters into is fair, by ensuring that workers in those countries are guaranteed fair wages, fair working conditions, and strong environmental protections. Above all, Dodd will insist U.S. trading partners open their markets to American products.

A Longtime Commitment to Working Families

  • Dodd Worked to Protect Families. Chris Dodd authored and fought for seven years to pass the Family and Medical Leave Act, which has allowed an estimated 50 million workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a new child or a sick family member. In addition, he has been a leader in the effort to ensure children receive the best child care. As the author of the Child Care and Development Block Grant, he has fought for safe, nurturing child care facilities run by qualified providers. Dodd has also been a strong supporter of increasing the minimum wage.
  • Dodd Worked to Protect Collective Bargaining Rights. Chris Dodd authored the RESPECT Act, which would reverse a series of decisions from the National Labor Relations Board that unfairly expanded the definition of a “supervisor” so that many workers would be denied the right to join a union. Dodd has also cosponsored the Employee Free Choice Act, also known as the “Card Check” bill, which will remove obstacles to joining a union, such as the cumbersome election process that can be delayed by employers to intimidate or discourage workers.
  • Dodd Fought to Protect American Jobs. Chris Dodd authored legislation – the U.S. Worker Protection Act – that sought to prevent most federal agencies from outsourcing jobs to overseas contractors. Dodd also sponsored legislation that required the Bush Administration to track and discourage the use of so-called “offset contracts” – agreements where a foreign government purchases defense-related systems from U.S. companies, but only if those companies buy goods or services from that country.

Consolidación de la clase media

Chris Dodd cree que es hora de que tengamos un Presidente que pueda romper el punto muerto entre trabajadores y empleadores en este país- alguien que pueda reunir a la gente para crear un ambiente y una economía que respete a los trabajadores y que sea productivo. Por 32 años, el ha luchado para proteger los derechos de negociación colectiva, pensiones y sueldos justos. Y también ha trabajado para poner freno a la escasez de trabajo en América. Como Presidente, Chris Dodd traerá los valores y aspiraciones de los trabajadores a la Casa Blanca.

El Plan Dodd para crear oportunidades económicas

  • Restaurar la libertad de formación de sindicatos. Chris Dodd cree que la libertad de formar sindicatos es uno de nuestros derechos fundamentales. El usará el poder de la presidencia para asegurar que el derecho a organizarse sea apoyado y que sea pasada el acta “Employee Free Choice Act”.
  • Mejorar el acta “Family Medical Leave Act” incluyendo ausencia remunerada. Chris Dodd sabe que muchos trabajadores que necesitan la protección del FMLA no pueden permitirse tiempo libre. El garantizará al menos seis semanas de ausencia remunerada por nacimiento o adopción de infantes, padres ancianos o familiares enfermos, o en caso de enfermedad seria del individuo.
  • Aumentar asistencia para guarderías y cuidado de ancianos. Chris Dodd ayudara a aquellos padres trabajadores para que puedan equilibrar su compromiso entre su trabajo y familia al crear programas de guarderías que sean económicos y flexibles. También aumentará la asistencia para aquellos americanos que cuidan a sus familiares ancianos.
  • Garantizar planes de pensiones por parte de Corporaciones y proteger la paga por horas extras. Los empleados no tendrían que perder su jubilación por error de las corporaciones. Chris Dodd también luchará para garantizar a los trabajadores su compensación por horas extra de trabajo y prevenir que los empleadores eviten sus obligaciones mediante un injusto cálculo de pago.
  • Crear empleo y reforzar programas de entrenamiento en conjunto con la implementación de una extensa política de energía. Chris Dodd creará un currículo de educación técnica que entrenará a una nueva generación de mecánicos, electricistas y obreros para la manutención de bienes, desde autos hasta hogares. Su plan creará empleos en cada etapa, desde producción hasta manutención.
  • Seguridad en ambiente laboral: Chris Dodd promueve el esfuerzo para aumentar la seguridad en lugares de trabajo de tal manera que toda compañía pueda entender y cumplir con las medidas. El también protegerá a los trabajadores que se hayan herido en el trabajo y evitara que estos pierdan injustamente cualquier beneficio.
  • Reforzar leyes de comercio tanto en la nación como en el exterior. Chris Dodd insistirá que cada tratado de comercio que América haga sea justo. El propósito es asegurar que los trabajadores en aquellos países se les garantice sueldos justos, condiciones de trabajo justas y protección ambiental. Pero sobre todo, Dodd insistirá a sus socios de comercio estadounidenses que abran sus mercados a productos americanos.

Compromiso hacia familias trabajadoras

  • Dodd trabajó para proteger familias. Chris Dodd fue autor y lucho por siete años para pasar el acta “Family and Medical Leave Act” que ha permitido que un estimado de 50 millones de trabajadores puedan tomarse hasta 12 semanas sin goce de sueldo para cuidar a recién nacidos o familiares enfermos. Además, el ha sido líder en el esfuerzo de asegurar que los niños reciban el mejor cuidado en guarderías. Como autor de la beca de Cuidado infantil y desarrollo, el ha luchado por instalaciones de cuidado infantil que sean dirigidas por profesionales calificados. Dodd también ha sido partidario de aumentar el salario mínimo.
  • Dodd trabajó para proteger los derechos de negociación colectiva. Chris Dodd fue autor del acta RESPECT, que pondría en reversa una serie de decisiones del Nacional Relations Board que expandió injustamente la definición de “supervisor” haciendo posible que a muchos trabajadores se les niegue el derecho de unirse a sindicatos. Dodd también ha sido co sponsor del acta “Employee Free Choice Act”, también conocida como la ley “Card Check” que remueve obstáculos que pueden ser demorados por los empleadores para intimidar o desmoralizar a los trabajadores.
  • Dodd luchó para proteger empleos en América. Chris Dodd fue autor de la legislación- the U.S. Worker Protection Act- que buscó prevenir que las agencias federales subcontraten trabajo a contratistas del exterior. Dodd también fue sponsor de una legislación que requiere que la administración de Bush localice y prevenga el uso del llamado “contrato compensatorio”, un acuerdo donde gobiernos extranjeros compran sistemas de defensa de compañías estadounidenses, pero solo si esas compañías compran bienes o servicios de ese país.

Comments

Anonymous May 27, 2007 - 11:09pm

Unions should be allowed to exert the same leverage on the insurance industry as employers do. This might alleviate the necessary legislation in the healthcare industry, for instance.

Chris Shira Coralville IA November 16, 2007 - 1:18am

I would like to see a position on preadatory credit card lending and practices. I was traveling for work and was late on a bill payment and found my credit card lending rate jumped to 24%! While I am lucky enough to re-negotiate this rate and/or transfer the ballance; what about the millions of other americans who can't? What is Dobbs' plan for this usuary?
chris shira coralville iowa

Chirs Shira November 16, 2007 - 1:25am

Dodd, sorry!

Steve Skjei June 12, 2007 - 8:29am

Please speak out forcefully and often about the abuse of H-1B, L-1, and other non-immigration technical worker visa programs - as proposed in the Durbin/Grassley amendment.

I am a 59 year-old systems architect. I lost my job in Nov., 2005 to outsourced H-1B visa holders. It took me 8 months to find another job. My current position pays 40% of my former salary. I have $150,000 college loan debt from the education of my two sets of twins.

I worked in New Zealand for two years, '95-'96. My NZ employer needed to prove that no qualified New Zealand citizen had applied for my job before I received my work visa. I expect my country to protect it's qualified technical workers similarly.

Best Regards,
Steve Skjei
Bettendorf, IA

Paul Desmarais June 15, 2007 - 8:47am

I would like to urge the passage of this bill. As a union employee who is currently employed only because the protections our union contract offers against the use of part-time and freelance employees, it makes me very nervous to see big employers like Walmart and others manipulate labor law to make sure workers can't stay in their jobs and make it easy for the emplyer to create an impossible work environment so they can then hire a new, cheaper employee for the position. In what world is it fair for an employer to change a worker's schedule day to day, ensuring that worker can't find day care, can't work a second job, and can't have any kind of meaningful family life? Yet Walmart does it while state and federal labor law permits it; while current Bush appointees to the NLRB consistently rule anti-labor on disputes. The Employee Free Choice Act is an important bill that provides a small step forward for workers desperate for a decent wages and working conditions.

Anonymous June 17, 2007 - 2:44am

What is your stand on illegal immigrants and the pending amnesty bill?

Anonymous July 9, 2007 - 10:52am

As I see it, there is no way that we will be able to send all 12,000,000 back home so some sort of amnesty program must be made. I propose that every illegal must register for a green card and every one that apllies should be given a conditional green card on the condition that they keep the authorities informed of there where abouts current and the state department/homeland security would then complete background checks on them. If they fail the back ground check, they would be imprisoned for a period of time and then deported back to their home county. After this four months, any employer who hires an illegal would be fine at least $5,000.00 per individual. Any illegal that is found will be put in prison for a term and the deport back to their county. Any illigal that has been deported will be forever barred from this county. Those individuals that have passed the green card test will be allowed to extend their green card and whould be allowed to go back and forth as long as they keep their green card up to date.

Anonymous June 22, 2007 - 12:14am

Sen. Dobbs how are you "protecting workers who have been injured on the job from unfair retaliation or loss of benefits of any kind"?
I am a diasbled former police officer. I was injured on the job and promptly dismissed because of my disability. Many people that I speak with are shocked that this is completely legal to do such a thing. Unlike the retired disabled military veteran there is no central government agency in place to ensure disabled retired police officers all receive fair and equitable treatment. No one person or agency is responsible to see that they are provided with fair compensation for their sacrifices and those of their families.The plight of the retired disabled police officer in many cases is not a good one which I know from my own experience. Many are for all practical purposes simply dumped by their own police departments that simply do not want to pay for medical expenses even if the injuries occured in the line of duty. Many feel disconnected from the jobs they loved and the communities they served. Many experience emotion and financial hardship. Many, if not most, feel they have no one to turn to for hope and help. Yes, there are a number of organizations that do provide financial assistance and recognition to the families of officers who have died in the line of duty. That is admirable and certainly appropriate. But there seems to be little help for the disabled officer. Some get decent pensions, many do not. Some have good medical benefits but many do not. Some are able to re-integrate back into society but many can not. We attempt to take care of our country's military veterans and although we can never give enough help to our country's military veterans at least we are trying to help them. However we make very little if any attempt to help our disabled police officers that risk their lives daily for out communities. Many disabled police officers suffer from ptsd or post traumatic stress disorder yet the national center for post traumatic stres disorder works with military veterans and their families and health care providers. It does NOT provide any assistance whatsoever to disabled police officers or their families.

Anonymous August 7, 2007 - 7:44pm

Active duty police officers should be informed in advance of what they face should they get hurt on the job. When leaving you have to sign papers you will not ask for workman's compensation to pay for medical bills, Not ask for unemployment, keep this agreement with the employer confidental, Not ask for re-education benifits under DVR. When you have a family, you have to continue your health insurance on your own which cost me $1800.00 per month. You have to keep the health insurance up in order to pay the medical costs from the job injury. While many receive income continuation, that is eaten up by medical insurance costs, co-pays, and deductables. While your government employer decided your injuries were sufficent for them to retire you early, they then treat non-disabled retirees very different then that of disabled retirees. While police who die in the line of duty are embraced, those leaving because they got hurt are shunned. It is more advantagous to die on the job then to almost be killed and have to retire on disability. We should be treating those who survive police injuries at least as good as we do those who died. Those who survived a shooting or hostage incident have to go on with life.

John and Joan Voorheis June 26, 2007 - 1:11pm

Senator Dodd's US Senate website is not working. Please forward this to him.
NO IMMIGRATION BILL!
NO GUEST WORKER PROGRAM!

REPRESENT REAL U.S. WORKING PEOPLE!
Sincerely, John and Joan Voorheis

George Evans July 1, 2007 - 12:38am

I can easily top the first poster. I am a System Administrator who has been unemployed or under-employed for seven years. I have had to file for bankruptcy and spend all my savings. I am locked out of many jobs because I am considered "overqualified". Maybe the H-1B program is not entirely to blame, but it sure has been a huge contributing factor. I am a Vietnam vet (Marines). I feel that my country has let me down.....again.

Anonymous August 21, 2007 - 10:46am

I invite Senator Dodd, presidential candidate and, chair of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, to correct his miss-statement during the Iowa Democratic Debate, August 19, 2007, stating, "...You can't get a mortgage in America today."

THERE ARE INDEED MORTGAGES AVAILABLE IN AMERICA TODAY.
The speed of which the important topic of bailing out poorly constructed mortgages and their funding in the investment world seems to have buried the above quote for the national media to take note. I and millions of others who are trying to sell and buy homes at the moment were knifed in the back by the above statement. Shame on you, Senator Dodd. In ‘your’ position of ‘chair’ of the powerful Banking, Housing… Committee, you should not be making such untruthful statements that hurt Americans.

You may indeed have a bone to chew about the current seized up funds for Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae, (who, the public should be aware only controls about half of the loans that meet their kind of criteria). However the truth of the matter is that real estate transactions start at the bottom and "pay forward."

What you said was untrue. "Conforming loans" - i.e., those calling for underwriting/guidelines generally used by FNMA, et al, less than $417,000, are available. It is the higher priced loans – “jumbo” or the non-conforming loan where there is a financing crunch. Middle America wanting to buy homes with mortgages less than the non-conforming amount does indeed have mortgage money waiting for them in reputable lending institutions.

You, Senator Dodd seem like a reasonable guy - even presidential material - but when you reach out and tell middle America "You can't get a mortgage in America today," you not only hurt millions of those you would like to be your constituents, but you put nails in their financial coffins. Large banks will tell you that not only are there loans available for people willing to put down the traditional 80% on a conforming, conventional loan, but there also are loans available with much smaller down payments, Indeed, sometimes areas have programs for first time home buyers in which nothing need be put down, VA & FHA: ditto. Not only that, but the large institutional banks are willing to roll in not only the "origination point," but the "discount points," thus financing homes for more then their value. [PERSONAL NOTE: I do not agree with mortgaging greater than the valuation of a home or, any loan that produces negative amortization].

AGAIN, I wish to strongly point out that you erred and need to correct this point. Your agenda should be: How can I help America understand that middle America and first time homebuyers can buy a home? The home seller’s of that purchase can "pay it forward" and purchase the next home, and so forth, in what Realtors like to call a "daisy chain."

On a very personal note, I have a nearly completed new home, am paying on a construction loan, and sitting in an unsold home - losing hope that I may never live in the new home. I believe you owe America publicity that there are indeed mortgages available! America believes the perception that YOU AND THE MEDIA ARE FEEDING IT.

While there is a huge problem in the underpinnings of certain mortgage companies that have exhibited the virtues of "loan sharks" as Governor Richardson stated, and Senator Joe Biden reinforced, YOU, as the chair of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, owe your employers - Americans - the TRUTH. That people who want to buy and sell homes should be speaking to reputable lending institutions, that mortgages ARE AVAILABLE. Your blanket statement "...You can't get a mortgage in America today" is simply not true. I urge you to take the corrected information to the media as fast as you can. Please do not harm your good works with that statement.

Charles Valenza August 25, 2007 - 3:23pm

Senator,
A growing number of citizens are beginning to realize that the current monetary system based on manipulations from the Federal Reserve Bank and fractional banking practices are both unsustainable, anti-economic growth, benefit only the richest few and leave the rest of us, myself included, having to work long hours and still taking on debt to finance life’s necessities.

Are you in favor of reforming the current system? If so, what reforms do you favor?

Charles T. Valenza
59 Kingsley Place
Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
732-682-0155

Anonymous September 9, 2007 - 7:40am

I don't see anything about Senator Dodd's stand on illegal immigration, anywhere on crisdodd.com. On most issues he respresents what is important to me. But if he doesn't want to secure the borders, deport illegals, and prosecute companies who persist in hiring illegals, he wont get my vote.

Democratic candidates seem to be avoiding this issue in general. It will catch up with them.

Anonymous September 18, 2007 - 11:28pm

It is long overdue: a fair shake for ALL Americans. American truck drivers have gotten the shaft on FLSA for decades. Without that protection, the D.O.T. views the job as though we are little better than slaves. And the carriers, the shippers and receivers all treat drivers that way. They push impossible deadlines and deliveries, and force drivers to take more and more risk, while at the same time, throwing ALL the liability onto the driver if he/she has an accident and is found to be non-compliant with the new (unreasonable) Hours of Service.

There is a new "change" to the Hours of Service coming again, after 2 changes already in the last 4 years. The rules as they stand allow (read that: require) 11 hours of driving each day. This is an hour MORE than the rules used to allow. And on top of that, drivers can work (read again: be required to work) an additional 3 hours. That leaves what? The required 10 hours to sleep, eat, shower, call home, clean house, relax, exercise, and pay bills? Umm, who DOES this kind of thing in America besides truckers?? This is supposed to be in the interest of "drivers' health"!! Yeah, right!

The ATA is in the pocket of shippers and receivers everywhere. Mega-corporations who want to squeeze every last nickel's worth of work out of every driver in America. They who suck the lifeblood out of the hardest working bunch of people in the country get FREE labor, that's right, FREE! Drivers have to stand on the dock and count and check freight, watch it being loaded to make sure it's loaded correctly, install the spacers between pallets for the loaders who never get off their forklift because they're union, and then sign the paperwork before leaving. This is in addition to filling out all the required paperwork and forms on the truck, fueling, preparing and scanning bills for the company (the latest scheme to put more work on the driver), and vehicle repairs. This is ALL unpaid labor. How much of it goes on? There are 7 million drivers in America. Do the math.

The Hours of Service as they will eventually wind up in the end will still be out-of-sync with drivers. The job of driving varies so much from day to day. It can involve morning work one day, and late afternoon to evening work or overnight work the next day. And no one in FMCSA or the D.O.T. has given any consideration to the fact that drivers are the best judge of when to stop for a nap. The ATA and the FMSCA boast that the new hours of service are the reason for the decrease in truck fatalities. First of all, there IS no decrease. There has been, in fact, an increase, due to fatigue-related crashes.

And lastly, to stab American drivers in the back even further, we now have the NAFTA agreement that allows Mexican trucks inside our borders to carry our freight. This as I understand has been put on hold by Congress, thankfully, for a time. It should be blocked forever. These are OUR jobs; this is OUR country. And, oh, by the way, where are all the inspectors who the Feds promised would be inspecting all of these Mexican trucks? Hmm? Do YOU really want to share the road with foreign drivers who don't even speak or read English? Who don't adhere to even the rules we have in place here already?

Is it too much to ask to be treated like a real citizen? Is it too much to expect to have our rights protected like other Americans? Is it too much to expect a reasonable workday? And not have our pay stolen from us by unscrupulous companies? (Ask me about that, I'll be glad to tell you about the companies that have done that to me!) Is it too much to ask to be paid for ALL the work that we do??? When will American drivers be allowed into the 21st century?

Anonymous September 24, 2007 - 9:55am

Our welfare "reform" policies, based on the premise that people need to be discouraged from choosing poverty and deprivation (?), have actually increased both poverty and taxpayer costs. When benefits were at their highest (mid-1970's), and there were actually legitimate education and job skills training programs, some 80% of recipients were able to voluntarily quit AFDC in under five years. Long-term recipients were those with significant physical/mental health problems (note: The application process for disability aid, either SSI or SSDI, is unusually difficult, requires years of records and documentation, and it takes at least a year from the time of application to receipt of the first benefits. MOST qualified applicants give up or die).

I am still waiting for a candidate who is willing to say what he/she would do about our poverty. The platitudes about "A job is the best anti-poverty program" (in spite of inadequate wages) doesn't address the poverty caused by circumstances or illness that leave a person unable to work. Real life defies the one-size-fits-all social policies used to address poverty today. Instead of using billions of taxpayer dollars to provide corporations/our wealthiest 1% with "relief" from the burden of taxes, it would be in the nation's best interests to use these funds to reduce hunger and homelessness in the US, and restore those programs that successfully enabled citizens to become self-sufficient taxpayers.

Anonymous September 24, 2007 - 4:07pm

You have my attention on alot of issues. You seem to be right there on most, but what about the West? I've heard nothing in regards to issues that affect us here out west, particularly in California. What is your perception of California, and what specifically are you prepared to address. As a republican I would consider voting for you. As a Californian; I'm not so sure, enlighten me and change my mind.

BW
California

Rose A. Guill September 28, 2007 - 5:28am

Dear Honorable Senator Dodd,

My name Kevin Frick, I represent Rose A. Guill, the CEO of Guill and Associates.

Our company is located in Southeastern Virginia, with a staff comprised entirely of disabled and/or retired persons. We primarily focus our services on the disabled or the disadvantaged people who are interested in beginning a business or expanding a business as well as assist, educate, and train those disabled or disadvantaged people in order to obtain the resources necessary to become self sufficient, and to possibly re-enter the workforce and lead a productive life, allowing us to use whatever skills we still can and have, and earn a fair wage without losing our benefits!! To go from being the FORGOTTEN PITIED to VALUABLE VIABLE members of society!! We represent the disabled and disadvantaged constituents and citizens across the Continental United States, who are all in dire need of your endorsement and backing to support our noble cause. My question is: Where does Senator or congressman/woman stand on the raising of the allowable earned income of the disabled and disadvantaged?

In closing I would like to add that Ms. Guill is establishing a Non Profit 501(c)3 Organization which will be entitled D.R.E.A.M. Inc. (Disability Reformation Education & Awareness Movement) which will also concentrate its primary focus on persons with disabling conditions who are economically and socially disadvantaged due to the very limited incomes that are provided to them by this great Nation. This limited income forces many to live in or below poverty conditions. These Disabled persons make up a very large sector of the voting population of our great Nation!

The Mission of DREAM Inc. is to raise public awareness, to teach and train disabled persons and to educate them to become productive contributing members of their communities and society as a whole. This in turn will benefit the economy on all Revenue levels, first at home expanding to the local level and eventually working Its way up to State and Federal Levels, the ensuing results are reduced unemployment rates, and the reduced need of Social Service Agencies to feed, house and shelter these potentially productive people. OUR only request is for a normal life, and to reenter society as contributing viable members, because we all have so very much to offer!! What we are looking for Senator or Congressman/Woman is whether we can depend on your Support and Assistance in helping us reenter society with our broken bodies, but FULL HEARTS AND MINDS. with an UNPARRELLED DETERMINATION NOT TO FAIL in ANYTHING WE DO. TO GIVE EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE TO SHOW THAT WE BELONG. WITHOUT LOSING ALL OF OUR BENEFITS, WHICH WOULD DOOM US TO OUR CURRENT USELESS AND UNFULFILLING LIVES!!!

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Rose Guill, CEO
Guill and Associates
DREAM, Inc (Disability Reform Education & Awareness Movement)

Kevin Frick, Executive VP

Guill and Associates
DREAM, Inc.

Charlotte County, VA

roseguill61@aol.com

KFRICK055@aol.com

roseguill61@aol.com

RG:KF

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Zack October 18, 2007 - 1:47pm

Chris,

My father is an air traffic controller at Tampa International Airport, and he is also the Union Vice President in the tampa National Air Traffic Control Association, part of the AFL-CIO brotherhood. Right now scince we are in a time of "conflict" The FAA refuses to negotiate contracts and they are imposing rediculous rules that make working conditions horrible. The Senior Air Traffic Controllers are leaving in flocks. When My father started working in Tampa in Oct. of 2003 there were 74 controllers if I am not mistaken and now there are only about 48. The federal Government Mainly Presdident Bush is trying to contract out. Air Traffic Control to a private corporation, Needless to say that would be horrible due to the fact that Great Britian, & Australia both tried it,it failed miserably and they lost money hand over fist. Sohere is my question what would you do as president to help protect the Air Traffic Controllers?

Kenneth P. Thomas October 18, 2007 - 2:47pm

1) What is your position on state and local subsidies to business? I am an academic who studies this issue. The Edwards website says it will fight foreign governments' subsidies to their companies, but is silent on the fact that our state and local governments are probably the world's biggest subsidizers of industry (obviously the EU takes the cake on agriculture). I have been unable to get a straight answer from any policy person in the Edwards campaign.

2) Do you think the United States should continue to be a WTO scofflaw? Both this administration and the Clinton administration have been quick to crow when we win WTO cases, but use sometimes absurdly transparent subterfuges to avoid compliance when we lose. I am thinking of cases like internet gambling (Antigua), cotton subsidies (Brazil) and foreign sales corporations and its descendents (EU).

Thank you.

James G. Ziegler October 21, 2007 - 10:35am

Senator Dodd,

Surprisingly I find that I agree with you on many points! However, the main point in which I do not agree and that will keep me from ever casting a vote in your favor is the immigration issue, illegal and legal. I have called and faxed your offices at least thirty times, spoken with your staff, and repeatedly invited a response from you; all of which have been ignored. Not exactly shocking as this would appear to be your policy regarding your constituent’s wishes concerning immigration. That is, to ignore them and vote “your conscience” on the issue.

It is important that you are working to curb outsourcing of American jobs, protect pensions, the right to overtime, and support unions; the primary tool that had gotten working class Americans the eroding rights they currently enjoy. But, how can you possible ignore your constituent’s wishes concerning and actually support what is certainly the most insidious and potent threat to the American Middle Classes way of life? Do you not realize that by supporting “Immigrants (Illegal Aliens) Rights” group’s agendas, consistently voting for every amnesty or increase in H1-2-3B Visas that comes down the pike, and voting against the enforcement of existing federal law; you are in effect debasing your own efforts by giving those whose agenda it is to destroy the American Middle Classes way of life all of the ground, and then some, that they have regained in the last thirty years via the use of these underhanded methods? You are in effect doing more harm than all of the above will ever do good.

Amnesties, new laws, and support of "Immigrants Rights" are not the answers to this situation. Enforcement of the laws as they exist which has not been done for thirty years, and the closing of our porous southern border, promised but never completed, are the answers. Once the ease with which our system may be evaded is removed and the jobs/money begin to disappear so will the illegal and “legal” wage busting corporate sponsored “immigrants”.

Kathryn L. Edwards October 23, 2007 - 11:41am

I like what he says about most of the stuff on his home page, but and this is a BIG but, there is nothing, nothing about illegal immigrants or bringing in foreigners to take American jobs. I want to know what he believes in on this issue. I assume that if there is not something on his home page about these issues he doesn't want to say what he will do on these issues. That is not a good sign at least for me.
I want these issues up front just like the War on Terror.

EricM October 24, 2007 - 1:46am

Senator Dodd,

You say nothing about illegal immigration. And although you have almost won my vote by your defense of the US Constitution, you need to spell out where you stand on this issue before I can commit.

My position? My mother legally immigrated to the United States. And my wife legally immigrated to the United States. Its a tough system, and difficult to navigate through, but it is essentially fair. There are many requirements and the paperwork is complex. Yet I would argue that the ability to successfully navigate the immigration process is a good indicator of one's ability to successfully function as a citizen of the USA, not to mention a clear statement on the part of the applicant to respect the laws of the United States.

I have no sympathy for illegal immigrants. I favor strong enforcement measures to catch them and send them back home. And the need to overhaul our immigration visa system. The current regulations are crazy: talk to any foreign service officer who has served on the front lines in our consulates and embassies around the world, and they can tell you.

I don't agree with the Republican party on most things, but on immigration I do. Its an issue worth paying attention to.

jims October 31, 2007 - 2:19pm

I live in a strong Union town in Saint Louis Mo but yet we are getting more and more illegals coming here to work in the construction field. I am a self employed carpenter but and at home today because of lack of work. I have been underbided on various jobs and when I visit these jobs to see who is doing the work ....well they were all illegal alliens, I know because I approached them and none could be speak english. So I spoke my fathers native tounge, german,no responce so I talked to them in French, my mothers native tounge, no responce.

Where are your policies on illegal alliens. This what I want to know before you get my vote or any of my many friends, relatives and families votes. Furthermore why don't you have this web site in German or French or Italian? Why is evryone shoving spanish down our throats. English is the official language in this country and this should be an act of congress and senate to get through.

I like your stance on majority of items but if you can't ensure that these matters are an important issue to the legal workforce in America and ensure we toughen up the borders....then my 500 votes I directly influence will have to place them with a candidate who will

I wish you the best of luck in your campaigning and for your own sake make your policy be known....otherwise you will be running a loosing campaign

Sandra Brow November 6, 2007 - 10:48am

What is Senator Dodd's position on immigration and the border fence? I would like to see that included under "issues". I see from reading other responses that I am not alone. Neither is Senator Dodd, since other Democratic candidates also ignore the issue on their sites. Yes, this is an issue that splits Democrats. That's precisely why so many of us are asking about it. What's your plan?

Also, please change the font on the blog poster's Comment box to something more readable. This is tiny, thin, pale, and practically undecipherable. How about using the same font you use when the comment is posted? THAT's readable!

keith November 10, 2007 - 3:24pm

Can you restore the old bankruptcy laws. America is headed towards a new

"dark ages" where the middle class is forced into indentured servitude

to the corporate (finance institutions) monarchy. Really, except for election

years, doesn't the administation kow-tow to their best post office offer

by the corporations?

An American Skilled Worker November 12, 2007 - 2:02pm

I hope you will be the first Democrat to stand up and publicly say "There is NO shortage of workers - skilled or unskilled in the US."

Everyone knows it. We know that you know it. You need to stand up and say it.

How can we vote in 2008, when literally none of the candidates are standing up and telling the TRUTH about the SURPLUS OF LABOR and extremely competitive job market we have. Be a leader and be the first.

Please, support LOWERING THE NUMBERS.

To strengthen our middle class we need to
- lower the numbers on legal immigration,
- decrease illegal immigrant numbers by attrition through enforcement, and
- put a moratorium on the foreign visa worker programs that are putting Americans out of work, depressing wages, causing long term unemployment, underemployment, paving the way for rampant age discrimination, and creating personal financial havoc and insecurity for the entire middle class.

To anyone reading this (especially if you are sending a child to college), please join with the Programmers Guild and ask you representative to remove the skilled worker visa (H-1B) increase from the HR4065 border security bill where it doesn't belong, anyway. http://www.programmersguild.org/docs/oppose_hr4065_nov2007.pdf

Watch the Youtube video and check out the thriving immigration lawyer foreign visa worker business. They are caught redhanded in video this showing their client companies how to AVOID HIRING AMERICANS using their "PERM" process that includes techniques like posting fake job ads. (these are the jobs that Americans spend thousands of dollars on a college education to train for)
http://www.youtube.com/programmersguild

Watch Immigration Gumballs and get some perspective on the huge immigration numbers that are overwhelming us.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7WJeqxuOfQ

Strength in Unity

J Roda November 22, 2007 - 12:05am

The future of the American economy will depend upon how quickly our workforce can adapt to the globalizing economy. America must lead this inevitable globalization by re-writing education curriculum to get us out of the Cold War education and into more practical and modern topics. We must invest in more technology education, while also providing students with gifts in Math, English, Science, and Social Studies to excel, and to exceed current expectations. Meanwhile, American education must also focus on practical, real-life skills such as, financing, reading, writing, speaking, critical thinking, etc.

Outsourcing and offshoring are inevitable. Global warming is a fact. We need creative and drastic changes in our education system to prevent the possibility of massive frictional unemployment and/or a further decline in America's standing as a world economic power while also leading the world in the development of environmentally friendly technology.

Anonymous November 25, 2007 - 7:04pm

CSPAN CARRIED THE CELEBRATION OF "LETTERS FROM NURENBERG" ON 11/24/07. I HAVE NEVER HEARD SENATOR DODD SO ELEOQUENT, WITH HIS STATEMENTS OF CONCERN FOR PERSONAL LIBERTY. THE DEBATES HAVE NOT GIVEN HIM AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO CRITICAL ISSUES HE SEEMS TO BE DEVOTED TO -- THE RIGHTS OF UNIONS TO ORGANIZE, OF WORKERS TO JOIN UNIONS, RQMILY LEAVE. ETC. ARE WE BEING DPRIVED THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR ABOUT WORKING FAMILY RIGHTS BECAUSE THE DEBATE QUESTIONS ARE LIMITED TO THOSE OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO CORPORATE AMERICA ?

Anonymous December 10, 2007 - 11:03pm

Boo hiss you all suck.

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