Democrat Party Platform Calls For "Model Employer" Executive Order

July 08, 2016

The latest draft of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform calls on Hillary Clinton to issue an executive order should she win the White House that would give a contracting preference to employers that provide their employees with "a living wage, good benefits, and the opportunity to form a union."  Although Secretary Clinton previously indicated she needed to study the proposal, inclusion of the "model employer executive order" in the platform is clearly a nod to Sen. Sanders' supporters and leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, who have long supported the idea.  The draft platform also calls for:

  • Card check by simple majority and binding first contract arbitration;
  • A $15 minimum wage indexed to inflation;
  • Twelve weeks of paid family and medical leave; and
  • Seven days of paid sick leave.