Mark Pocan

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Mark Pocan

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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Support School Cafeteria Workers

Cosponsor Bipartisan “Improving Training for School Food Service Workers Act”, H.R. 2651

Cosponsors (25): Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Rep. Mike Bost, Rep. Salud Carbajal, Rep. Steve Cohen,
Rep. Angie Craig, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Abby Finkenauer
Rep. Fitzpatrick, Rep Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. John Katko, Rep. Derek Kilmer, Rep. Andy Levin, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Alan Lowenthal, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, Rep. James P. McGovern,
Rep. David McKinley, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Mike Quigley, Rep. Kathleen Rice, Rep. Pete Stauber, and Rep. Elise Stefanik.

Supporting Organization: NEA, Center for Science in the Pubic Interest (CSPI), and Food Research & Action Center (FRAC).

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join us in supporting school cafeteria workers, and in ensuring that required trainings occur during work hours and are paid if they take place after work hours.  We invite you to cosponsor H.R. 2651, the “Improving Training for School Food
Service Workers Act”.

The “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010” created new professional standards for school food service workers in order to improve the health and safety of the children they serve. Unfortunately, some workers are forced to receive this training during their
off-hours and others are not given adequate notice ahead of required trainings.  That is why we have introduced H.R. 2651 which would require any such training to occur during regular work hours, and to be paid if it occurs after hours.  It also would require
adequate notice be provided to workers so that they can plan accordingly if the training takes place after work hours.

Professional trainings for school food service workers is important, but so is holding such trainings during times when they are actually on – or near – the job.  We thank you for your consideration of this worthy legislation, and we would be happy to answer
any questions you may have. Your staff may contact Leslie Zelenko with Rep. Pocan at or Tristan Southard in Rep. Katko’s office at



Mark Pocan                                                                             John Katko

Member of Congress                                                              Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Consumer Affairs, Education, Labor

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 2651
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