Labor Caucus Endorses Slate of Labor Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Labor Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Linda Sánchez (D-CA), and Tom Suozzi (D-NY) released the following statement announcing the Caucus’ endorsement of a slate of pro-labor bills introduced in Congress: The Raise the Wage Act, the National Apprenticeship Act, and the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.
“The Labor Caucus is proud to endorse these pro-union, pro-worker bills that will not only strengthen our labor movement, but will ensure workers are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
“It has been over a decade since Congress raised the federal minimum wage, and the Raise the Wage Act is the first step in making a living wage a reality for every worker in this country. The National Apprenticeship Act invests over $3 billion into apprenticeship opportunities and will create almost one million new Registered Apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship positions—building a reliable pipeline of union jobs for years. Finally, the PRO Act would reverse decades of anti-union policies and strengthen our labor movement by eliminating so-called “right-to-work” laws, ensuring every worker’s right to unionize is protected by creating enforceable penalties for companies that break the law, expanding collective bargaining rights, and securing access to fair union elections.
“At a time when workers continue to suffer through an economic crisis and public health disaster, it is integral that we fight to protect their right to unionize, increase their wages, invest in union jobs and protect their health and safety in the workplace. With these bills, we can finally tip the scales back towards the American worker.”