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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

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.
Mar 12, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Labor Caucus announced its newly selected Vice Chairs, Representatives Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Jesús G. “Chuy” García, (D-IL), Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), and Susan Wild (D-PA).
Mar 9, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement ahead of the House of Representative’s vote on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.
Jan 25, 2021 Press Release
MADISON, WI – Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement in response to President Joe Biden signing an executive order strengthening the federal government’s “Buy American” rules.
Jan 21, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, 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)released the following statement supporting President Biden’s firing of National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb.
Jan 14, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Labor Caucus, led by 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), held a kick-off event with members and special guests, including President of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka and President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Randi Weingarten.
Nov 25, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Labor Caucus announced four additional co-chairs today, Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Steven Horsford (D-NV), Linda Sánchez (D-CA), and Tom Suozzi (D-NY)will join Congressmen Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Donald Norcross (D-NJ) as co-chairs of the Labor Caucus.
Nov 13, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressmen Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Donald Norcross (D-NJ) are announcing the creation of the Labor Caucus, intended to advance the needs of the labor movement, combat the issues facing working families, and connect legislators directly with unions and union leaders. The new caucus will be organized by union members of Congress—Representatives Pocan and Norcross are both decades-long union members in the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), respectively.