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Labor Caucus Announces New Co-Chairs

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 Sanchez (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.

In order to unite pro-worker efforts in Congress, we are combining the existing Labor and Working Families Caucus, as well as another labor-focused caucus members were considering forming, under one cohesive banner. Formed this month, the Labor Caucus now has over 50 members.

“A Biden-Harris administration is an opportunity for Congress to centralize the needs of the labor movement and working families once again,” said Congressman Pocan. “Donald Trump has greenlighted union-busting, weakened labor rights, and refused to protect workers livelihoods or safety during this pandemic. I am eager to begin work with my co-chairs to reverse his actions and ensure working people have a voice in Congress again.”

“While the Trump Administration has tried to dismantle labor rights, the incoming Biden-Harris Administration understands the dignity of work and knows that America succeeds when workers succeed,” said Congressman Norcross, a proud, card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) for over 40 years. “Everyone should have a voice in their workplace to advocate for fair wages and safe spaces, and the Labor Caucus will advance the cause of working families by being their voice in Congress. I look forward to working together with my co-chairs and our brothers and sisters in the labor movement to strengthen unions and build a bright future for America’s workers.”

“The formation of the Labor Caucus is great news for working families across this country, and I welcome my like-minded colleagues to leadership on these key issues,” said Congresswoman Linda Sánchez. “I’ve had the privilege to lead the Labor and Working Families Caucus for more than a decade, where we have helped members speak with one voice on important issues. I’m glad this work will continue under this new banner, which will be especially important as we usher in the Biden-Harris administration and begin to undo the incredible damage of the last four years. As a card-carrying union member, my work in Congress has always put working families first. Now, more than ever, I won’t stop fighting for them and the relief they’ve earned.”

“Working families will lead our recovery from this pandemic and the economic devastation it has caused,” said Congresswoman Dingell. “In Michigan, we know that those efforts must include strong union protections, revitalized labor laws, and an intentional legislative focus on the everyday issues that matter most to working Americans. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, our Labor Caucus will demand economic justice for our workers in every corner of this country.”

“I’m honored to co-chair the new House Labor Caucus. In these challenging times, workers’ rights and protections are important now more than ever. Creating good-paying jobs, protecting healthcare and security in retirement for working families should be a top focus in the next Congress,” said Congressman Horsford. “Union workers built and continue to be the backbone of my home state of Nevada, and I look forward to fighting for them and their families.”

“Over the past several decades the United States has created enormous wealth but working men and women have been left behind with stagnant wages. Climate change, immigration, civil rights, trade, economic growth and every other issue must be analyzed through a pro-labor perspective,” said Congressman Suozzi. “The American Dream, where hard work is rewarded with wages sufficient to guarantee a home, health insurance, children’s education and retirement security, is no longer in reach for too many. We must reclaim the American Dream and that starts with a pro-labor, pro-growth agenda. Our Labor Caucus will work with the Biden Administration, our diverse labor unions, and other caucuses and committees of jurisdictions to advocate for a new, robust, middle class and all those that aspire to be part of it.”