Congressional candidate Ro Khanna rolled out his jobs plan Monday, including teaching computer coding in public schools, boosting the number of women in tech careers, preparing more young workers for manufacturing jobs and boosting the minimum wage higher than even the president wants.
Khanna described the plan in a speech to about 100 employees at Access Closure, a Santa Clara medical-device manufacturer. The company employs about 345 workers nationwide including about 210 in the Bay Area; jobs on the manufacturing floor, which require only a high-school diploma or equivalent, start at about $40,000 per year.
“I can’t think of a better place to do this,” Khanna said, noting the company is a U.S.-based manufacturer that’s exporting some of its product and expanding while paying its workers a living wage.
But duplicating the success of a company like this requires leadership and action from Washington, said Khanna, a Democratic challenger to Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, in the 17th Congressional District.
Honda lacks a comprehensive jobs plan, Khanna charged. “There’s been an absence of leadership on his part … and beyond that an absence of willingness to have a conversation,” he said, noting Honda’s refusal thus far to promise a debate before the June primary.
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