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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

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.
Mar 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) and David Cicilline (RI-01) today sent a letter to the Speaker of the House of the Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, requesting direct and immediate financial assistance to small businesses, independent contractors, sole proprietors, and gig economy workers in the House’s next legislative package to combat the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 11, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s launch of their Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs initiative.

Mar 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced bicameral legislation, the End Outsourcing Act, which would utilize the tax code and federal grants, loans and contracts to end the outsourcing of jobs overseas.

Mar 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), today introduced the Food Worker Pay Standards Act which would ensure that the federal government only purchases food produced by workers who earn fair pay and benefits.

Feb 27, 2020 Press Release

U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) led a letter on behalf of Air Wisconsin flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-Communications Workers of America (AFA-CWA), urging the National Mediation Board (NMB) to give fair consideration to AFA-CWA’s request to advance the contract negotiation process.

Feb 6, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement ahead of the vote on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

“In Wisconsin, we’ve seen the firsthand effects of the attacks on labor, as former Governor Scott Walker gutted labor protections and turned my home state into a ‘right-to-work’ state. The PRO Act would eliminate those state right-to-work-for-less laws and ensure that unions can receive the full support of the workers it represents.

Jul 18, 2019 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), joined U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to unveil the Stop Wall Street Looting Act.