Sending Office: Honorable Mark Pocan
Support School Cafeteria Workers
Cosponsor Bipartisan “Improving Training for School Food Service Workers Act”, H.R. 2651
Cosponsors (50): Rep. Cynthia Axne, Rep. Don Bacon, Rep. Joyce Beatty, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Rep. Mike Bost, Rep. Salud Carbajal, Rep. Matt Cartwright, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Angie Craig, Rep. Suzan
DelBene, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Abby Finkenauer Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García, Rep. Raul Grijalva; Rep. Deb Haaland, Rep. Alcee Hastings; Rep. Jahana Hayes;
Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep. David Joyce, John Katko, Rep. Derek Kilmer, Rep. Ron Kind, Rep. Conor Lamb, Rep. Andy Levin, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Alan Lowenthal, Rep. Ben Ray Luján,
Rep. Tom Malinowski, Rep. James P. McGovern, Rep. David McKinley, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Joe Neguse, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Mike Quigley, Rep. Kathleen Rice, Rep. Brad Sherman, Rep. Mike Simpson, Rep. Adam Smith, Rep. Christopher
Smith, Rep. Darren Soto, Rep. Pete Stauber, Rep. Elise Stefanik, and Rep. Susan Wild.
Supporting Organization: NEA, AFT, Center for Science in the Pubic Interest (CSPI), Food Research & Action Center (FRAC).
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 Leslie.Zelenko@mail.house.gov or Tristan Southard in Rep. Katko’s office at Tristan.Southard@mail.house.gov.
Mark Pocan John Katko
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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