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John McCain and Barack Obama on Job and Career Related Issues

How Do McCain and Obama Stand on the Issues That Can Affect Your Job and Career?

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As American voters we should be voting for the candidate — either John McCain or Barack Obama — who we feel will best serve us as citizens of the U.S. Rather than voting for the person we like best, we should vote based on how the candidates stand on the issues important to us. Let's look at those issues that could affect your job and career.

Affirmative Action

McCain

  • Believes in affirmative action for some programs, but not in quotas

Obama

  • Wants affirmative action programs to be based on class as well as race

Job Discrimination / Equal Pay

Obama

  • Wants to enact legislation that protects womens' right to equal pay for equal work
  • Wants to protect people from job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

Balancing Family and Work

McCain

  • Co-sponsored the Family Friendly Workplace Act, which would help employees balance work and family

Obama

  • Wants to expand flex-work and the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Believes families should be helped with paid sick days and better family leave

Unions

McCain

  • Thinks unions are monopolies that workers shouldn't be compelled to join
  • Voted against restricting employers' interference in unions

Obama

  • Has said he wants to strengthen unions' and workers' rights
  • Voted to restrict employers' interference in unions
  • Minimum Wage

    McCain

    • In 2007 voted to increase the minimum wage to $7.25
    • In 2005 voted against increasing the minimum wage to $7.25 instead of $6.25

    Obama

    • In 2007 voted to increase the minimum wage to $7.25
    • In 2005, voted for raising the minimum wage to $7.25 instead of $6.25

    Unemployment Insurance

    McCain

    • Wants to overhaul employment insurance as a retraining program

    Obama

    • Thinks unemployment compensation should be extended during a recession

    Jobs Moving Overseas

    Obama

    • Believes companies that keep jobs at home should be rewarded while those that don't should lose tax subsidies

    The Economy

    McCain

    • Believes that during tough times taxes should be kept low

    Obama

    • Believes in accountability and oversight of the financial markets

    Higher Education

    McCain

    • Wants to consolidate financial aid programs in order to simplify the application process

    Obama

    • In 2007, along with Senator Edward Kennedy, co-sponsored a bill that would increase the Pell Grant from $4,050 to $5,100 per year

    Sources:
    OntheIssues.org
    McCain-Palin Web Site (no longer operating as of 6/5/2013)
    Obama-Biden Web Site

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