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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Statement on President Obama’s Executive Order Securing Workplace Rights

Jul 31, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, today released the following statement after President Obama signed an executive order enhancing workplace protections for federal contractors. A fact sheet from the White House is attached and available online here.

“I applaud President Obama for standing with workers who have fought for fair work practices,” said Rep. Mark Pocan. “Violations of workers’ rights such as wage theft and substandard workplace protections are prevalent in the federal contracting community. This executive order is a step forward to ensuring fair wages and economic inequality, for workers of federal contractors.”

“Unfortunately, these same protections will not be extended to every worker in the United States under this ‘Do-Nothing’ Congress,” continued Rep. Pocan. “It is disappointing that inaction by this Republican controlled House has forced the President to act.  Working families are counting on Congress to ensure better workplace protections and fair wages; instead Republicans chose to pursue lawsuits against President Obama for doing his job.”