U.S. Rep Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement today on the National Day of Recommitment, urging the American people to mark the two-year anniversary of the signing of Act 10 by Gov. Scott Walker by recommitting to labor rights.
"Like most everyone who was in the state capitol building during the courageous stand against Governor Walker's anti-worker efforts, I still vividly remember the passionate commitment the people of our great state demonstrated. As I stood with tens of thousands of Wisconsinites, from teachers to fire fighters to students to fellow legislators, many of whom stayed at the Capitol twenty-four seven--I knew we were sending a message to the nation that the rights of workers cannot be untied from the rights of a free people.
"While we were unsuccessful in our efforts to defeat Act 10, that message must live on. From fighting for safe working conditions to defining a minimum wage to establishing child labor laws, the labor movement in our country has always made the country a more equitable and just place for all Americans. Today I urge the people of Wisconsin, and Americans all across the nation, to recommit to our proud history of protecting the rights of the people to organize, and for all of our workers to be respected."