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Jobs and the Workforce

As a life long owner of a union printing business, a staunch defender of worker’s rights and a member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, I believe Congress has a responsibility to take proactive and commonsense measures that can provide business owners with certainty, promote economic growth, and create jobs for Wisconsinites. I want to make strategic investments in education, research and development and infrastructure, and to support small business owners who create jobs in our communities. I have made creating jobs a number one priority and will fight to put Wisconsinites back to work and ensure long-term, sustainable growth that will power our economy for years to come.

As a small business owner who has seen the effects of massive trade deals and their impact on American products, I have also been a leader in fighting for fair trade deals that protect American jobs and American industries. Twenty years after the NAFTA trade deal was signed, the U.S. has a $181 billion trade deficit with Mexico and Canada and a related loss of one million net U.S. jobs, according to Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. Recently, I led a letter with 35 other freshman lawmakers calling for increased transparency from the administration on Trans-Pacific Partnership, a Pacific Rim trade deal, and urging Congress not to give up our constitutional authority to oversee foreign trade agreements.

I am also a strong proponent of raising the minimum wage and am a cosponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would raise the minimum wage, over the span of two years, to $10.10 an hour.

More on Jobs and the Workforce

Aug 20, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Labor Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Steven Horsford (D-NV), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Mark Pocan (D-WI) Linda Sánchez (D-CA), and Tom Suozzi (D-NY) issued the following statement after the AFL-CIO, the United States’ largest confederation of trade unions, elected Liz Shuler as their new president, the first woman to hold the role. The AFL-CIO also elected Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as secretary-treasurer, the first Black American to hold the office.
Jul 29, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) voted in favor of nine appropriations bills totaling more than $800 billion in federal funding.
Jul 28, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement expressing his concerns about OpenGate Capital’s plans to outsource 150+ jobs at the Hufcormanufacturing plant in Janesville, WI to Mexico. He also reaffirmed the need for his bill, the Stop Wall Street Looting Act, which will be reintroduced in the coming months. This legislation would fundamentally reform the private equity industry by forcing private equity firms to take responsibility for the outcomes of companies they take over, empowering workers, and protecting investors.
Jul 1, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) announced House passage of $18 million in earmarked transportation projects for Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District. These projects were included in the “Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act,” which seeks to revitalize America’s infrastructure.
Jun 3, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Labor Caucus co-chairs Representatives Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Tom Suozzi (D-NY), and Steven Horsford (D-NV) led 36 members of Congress in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco urging them to rescind former AG William Barr’s petition with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to exclude immigration judges from eligibility for membership in the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ). The NAIJ has been the recognized representative of immigration judges for collective bargaining purposes since 1979, advocating on behalf of immigration judges on issues including performance evaluations and discipline, judicial security, COVID response, and efficient docket management.
Jun 2, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Labor Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Steven Horsford (D-NV), and Tom Suozzi (D-NY) led over 100 members of Congress in a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to immediately issue the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to protect frontline workers from COVID-19. President Biden initially set a March 15 deadline for an ETS to be issued and the delay continues to put workers' safety in jeopardy.
May 4, 2021 Press Release

MADISON, WI—In September 2020, Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) led Representative Gwen Moore (WI-04), Representative Ron Kind (WI-03), and Senator Tammy Baldwin in a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to request a full and fair consideration to the State Wisconsin Investment Board’s (SWIB) August 10th settlement proposal regarding State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Transferee v. Commissioner.

Apr 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Andy Levin (D-MI), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Bill Pascrell, Jr, (D-NJ), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), and James P. McGovern (D-MA), released the following statement in response to recent reports of increased violence against Burmese trade unions and workers by the Burmese military.

Apr 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Labor Caucus wrote to President Joe Biden detailing their support for the American Jobs Plan, but outlining key labor-focused priorities that they would like to work with the President to additionally include in his infrastructure package:

Apr 9, 2021 Press Release

MADISON, WI—Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statement in response to the results of the union election for Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama.