Resolution to Support a Main Street Contract for the American People

Resolution Number 11-04.55

WHEREAS, America's workers continue to suffer the highest levels of unemployment in decades, decreasing retirement, healthcare, and housing security and escalating healthcare costs, and wages for American workers have fallen or stagnated for much of the past three decades leading to a decline in living standards for many families; and

WHEREAS, in contrast, Wall Street and U.S. corporate profits for the recent third quarter were, at  $1.6 trillion, the highest ever recorded while corporate CEOs, who 25 years ago  were paid $27 for every dollar earned by employees now gets a ratio of about $275 to $1, and more than 40 percent of U.S. corporations paid no federal income taxes for two years or more during the period of 1998 to 2005; and some of the largest corporations in America, including Exxon/Mobil, and General Electric, paid no taxes last year, despite billions in profits, and received tax refunds from the IRS; and

WHEREAS, America's workers have been attacked by some of the wealthiest corporations denying workers their right to collectively bargain and organize, and in dozens of states, rightwing governors and legislators are attempting to roll back collective bargaining rights, and make deep cuts in social safety net programs while giving new tax breaks to corporations and super-wealthy individuals, and the House of Representatives is promoting unwarranted deep cuts in federally funded safety net programs; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party endorses the Main Street Contract for the American People, which calls for jobs at living wages, guaranteed healthcare, a secure retirement, equal access to quality education, a safe and clean environment, good housing and protection from hunger, human rights for all and an end to discrimination, the right to collectively organize and bargain, and a just taxation system where corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share;

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party opposes any takeaways and regressive taxes on poor and middle income families and calls for an end to blaming public workers for the economic recession and budget deficits caused by Wall Street greed, corporate tax loopholes, and bailouts.


Sponsors: Chairman John Burton; Malinda Markowitz; Co-President, California Nurses Association, National Nurses United


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Adopted by the California Democratic Party\xe2\x80\xa8
At its 2011 State Convention
Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento\xe2\x80\xa8\xe2\x80\xa8
May 1, 2011



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