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
Washington, D.C. –U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), a member of the Appropriations Committee’s Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee, introduced the Leveraging Effective Apprenticeships to Rebuild National Skills (LEARNS) Act. The LEARNS Act would increase the number of highly skilled workers in the United States and strengthens apprenticeship programs as an effective earn-and-learn model for students, workers, and employers.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) led a letter with 50 Members of Congress urging Santander Holding USA CEO Scott Powell to remain neutral as their employees decide whether they want union representation. Banco Santander already has 150,000 unionized workers throughout Europe and South America.
MADISON – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after the Wisconsin state senate heard arguments on a bill to repeal the state’s prevailing wage laws.
“Once again, Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans are putting corporate cash and the 1% ahead of working families. This bill to eliminate prevailing wage requirements for public projects will literally take money out of people’s pockets and could allow companies to bring low-wage workers from out of state, undercutting wages throughout our state.
MADISON – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), along with his colleagues Reps. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), and Donald Norcross (D-NJ) held the “Future of Work, Wages, and Labor” discussion at the UW-Madison with academic professionals, policy makers, and labor representatives from around the country. This was the first Wisconsin event in a series of discussions and town halls that are being held this year in Congressional districts across the country. The goal of these discussions is to identify pathways forward to proactively grow and invigorate our labor force.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement after President Trump visited Kenosha, Wisconsin, and announced an Executive Order reviewing Buy America policies. In December, Rep. Pocan wrote a letter to President-elect Trump asking him to enforce and expand the Buy America standards.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after President Trump signed two trade Executive Orders, one which establishes a study on trade deficits and one which reviews current enforcement mechanisms.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after President Trump signed legislation repealing the Fair Pay for Safe Workplaces rule for federal contractors behind closed doors. President Obama implemented the rule to resolve problems with contractor compliance and workplace safety by requiring companies to disclose past violations of labor laws so that contracting officers can make informed decisions about which firms are likely to use taxpayer dollars responsibly.
MADISON – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after the White House announced the Keystone XL Pipeline will be exempt from President Trump’s executive order requiring construction projects to be built with American steel.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) released the following statements after Andy Puzder withdrew his nomination for Secretary of Labor after five separate hearing delays and growing opposition from Senate Republicans.