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Rep. Donald Norcross. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Norcross, Pocan launch Labor Caucus

By Nikita Biryukov, November 13 2020 11:17 am

Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) is launching a Labor Caucus with Wisconsin Democrat Rep. Mark Pocan.

“Labor has shaped my life, taking me from the construction site to Congress,” Norcross said. “While the Trump Administration has tried to diminish labor rights, President-Elect Joe Biden’s incoming Administration understands the dignity of work and that workers’ rights are human rights. Every American worker should have the opportunity to earn a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work, and working families deserve a bigger voice in Congress.”

Norcross was a longtime member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers before heading to House and is the only electrician in Congress.

Pocan belonged to the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades before taking federal office.

There are roughly a dozen former union members in Congress, though lawmakers who align ideologically with organized labor may end up joining the group.

As its name suggests, the Labor Caucus will seek to boost unions and connect lawmakers with labor groups and leaders.

At the very least, the caucus has the approval of the Communications Workers of America

“It is absolutely imperative that we return this country back into the hands of working people and the Labor Caucus will do just that,” CWA Senior Director for Government Affairs and Policy Shane Larson said. “Congressmen Pocan and Norcross are card-carrying union members and we are proud to support their efforts to prioritize workers’ rights and the labor movement in Congress.”

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