Mayor Bloomberg Unveils Sweeping Workplace Agenda

February 21, 2020

While presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is running as a centrist, his far-reaching workplace policy agenda calls for enacting most, if not all, of the Democratic Party’s labor and employment wish list, representing a dramatic reshaping of U.S. law.

The plan aggregates the provisions of many stand-alone bills that have gained widespread backing among Democrats in recent years, including:

  • Increasing the minimum wage to $15;

  • 12 weeks of paid family leave and 7 days paid sick leave for all employees;

  • Enacting predictable scheduling mandates (the Schedules That Work Act);

  • Banning mandatory arbitration agreements;

  • Enacting the Paycheck Fairness Act and requiring companies to publish gender pay disparities;

  • Support for the Pro Act and California’s AB-5 independent contractor law; and

  • Creating portable benefit accounts for workers.

A complete list of the plan’s provisions can be found here.

Seeking union and progressive support:  The plan comes as Bloomberg is looking to strengthen his position ahead of the Super Tuesday primary elections on March 3rd and defuse his image as a pro-business billionaire.

Takeaway:  Should Mayor Bloomberg be elected in November and Democrats take control of both chambers in Congress, the labor and employment agenda will not be substantially different than if Senator Bernie Sanders were to win.