Under a new definition of “official act,” politicians would not be able to accept gifts or payments in exchange for government action. Senior government officials and members of Congress would be prohibited from serving on for-profit boards, even if they receive no compensation.
Warren (Mass.) also proposed banning both arbitration clauses and class-action waivers “for all employment, consumer protection, antitrust and civil rights cases.”
The new plan’s release comes hours before Warren is slated to give a speech Monday night in New York’s Washington Square Park, near the site of the former Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. A fire there in 1911 killed 146 workers, many of whom were young immigrant women.
The tragic fire — exacerbated by poor working conditions — galvanized the women’s suffrage and labor movements and led to federal reforms that remain in place for workers, women and immigrants today. It was a theme that Warren hoped to tie to her modern-day bid for the White House.
“They fought back. They got organized. They persisted. And they changed the course of history,” Warren said in a campaign video posted over the weekend. “Big structural change, brought to you by women.”