Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was in Brooklyn Tuesday amidst sagging poll numbers and declining donations in an attempt to rally her base before the Iowa Caucus, which is less than a month away.
The caucus takes place on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. and people from the Hawkeye State will elect delegates who support a given presidential candidate by going to one of the 1,678 precincts in Iowa.
Candidates also have until Jan. 21 to get 40,000 signatures to make it on the ballot for the April 28 primary in New York.
During her rallying cry for her “two cents” tax, her fight to make college education free – she paid $50 monthly to go to undergrad and $450 monthly to go to law school – and a list of other proposals, she expounded her vision on the need for economic balance in the United States.
“To have more balance in an economic system you have to have more power in the hands of workers and that means making it easier to join a union,” said Warren. “Unions built the middle class and unions will rebuild America.”
One of her key goals if elected president is to strengthen organizing, collective bargaining and the right to strike, according to her campaign website.
“My plan guarantees working people their organizing rights and makes it easier for unions to secure contracts and assert their rights in all industries,” said Warren on her website. “My plan also supports sectoral bargaining so that workers in the same field across various companies can work together to negotiate higher wages and benefits for all of them.”
As for her two cents tax, she wants doesn’t want it to only fund public colleges, but to also fund technical colleges.
“We can provide tuition free two-year technical college or four-year college for everybody who wants it,” said Warren.
For decades labor unions have been co-sponsoring labor education to help integrate its workers into education through its unions or to obtain more skills, but if technical colleges were to become free those funds could be used in other ways to strengthen union initiatives.