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Norcross: Future of Work, Wages and Labor

Four members of Congress with strong union ties work to bring the Dems back to their roots

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Aug 16, 2017

After the 2016 election, many Democrats realized that the party had lost contact with working people, especially white males who belong to unions. 40% of union members voted for Trump even when their union urged them not to. So to reach out to this important voting block, four members of Congress with strong labor ties have embarked on a nationwide tour to listen to the concerns of these voters.

The tour, which concluded this week at a Teamsters union hall in Camden New Jersey, also stopped in California, Wisconsin and Michigan. It featured Representatives Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA11), Mark Pocan (D-WI2), Donald Norcross (D-NJ1) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI12) who are writing a report “The Future of Work, Wages and Labor” to add to the Democratic Party’s new progressive platform. Norcross, the only electrician in the House of Representatives is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the former President of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO Central Labor Council.

Norcross said that many people are still feeling the negative effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and that some demands within his party for an absolute position on an issue has alienated some people. An example is the issue of environmental regulations, saying “It can’t be yes to everything environmental and no to everything jobs.”  

Click here to read more from the New York Times.  The full report will be released this September.

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