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Letter

Mark DeSaulnier

From the office of:

Mark DeSaulnier

Sending Office: Honorable Mark DeSaulnier
Sent By:
Sarah.Jackson@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in requesting $2.05 billion in the LHHS bill for worker protection agencies within the Department of Labor. This funding increase will support agencies that enforce workplace safety, protect workers’ retirement savings and go after wage-theft
violators, among other important responsibilities. This request represents full funding based on the size of our current civilian labor force.

President Trump has repeatedly broken his promise to protect workers. Congress must step in and ensure the Department of Labor is adequately funded to fight for workers, and securing full funding to protect workers both on the job and in retirement is a
necessary first step.

Funding for these agencies to fully implement and enforce important worker protections has not kept up with the increase in our civilian labor force since many of these agencies were created in the late 1970s. While the work load for these agencies has increased,
our dedication to ensuring full funding has not kept up.

We hope you will join us in supporting this important funding. Please contact Sarah Jackson (sarah.jackson@mail.house.gov) in Rep. DeSaulnier’s office or Andrew O’Neill (andrew.o’neill@mail.house.gov) in
Rep. Pocan’s office with questions or to sign on.

The deadline to sign this letter is Tuesday, March 10th.

 

Sincerely,

Mark DeSaulnier             Mark Pocan
Member of Congress       Member of Congress      

 

Dear Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole:

We write to urge you to support $2.05 billion in funding for Department of Labor worker protection agencies in the Subcommittee’s Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations bill.[1] This request represents full funding based
on the size of our current civilian labor force.

President Trump promised the American people that “Under a Trump presidency, the American worker will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.” Securing full funding to protect workers from wage theft, keep them safe on the job, and
protect their retirement security is a necessary first step. Funding for these agencies to fully implement and enforce important worker protections has not kept up with the increase in our civilian labor force since many of these agencies were created in the
late 1970s. While the work load for these agencies has increased, our dedication to ensuring full funding has not kept up.

The Wage and Hour Division, for instance, is doing crucial work cracking down on wage theft and implementing paid sick leave for federal contract workers. These are protections that workers desperately need. Wage theft costs workers billions
of dollars every year, and one quarter of American adults say they have either been fired or threatened with being fired just for taking a sick day.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), charged with keeping workers safe at job sites, has only 2,100 inspectors responsible for protecting 130 million workers. Increased funding for OSHA will help increase the staff of inspectors
and improve the enforcement of workplace safety standards that save lives.

In addition to these programs, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP),
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), and
Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
serve important roles in protecting America’s workforce. These examples hardly illustrate the full work required of worker protection agencies within the Department of Labor. Each one plays an important
role in protecting workers. Ensuring that they are fully funded and able to serve the 161 million individuals in our labor force is essential to supporting a thriving, broad middle class and a growing economy that benefits all Americans.

In addition, we recognize that while the Office of Labor-Management Standards has an important worker protection function, the current Administration has been abusing its role. To that end, we request the following report language:
 

The committee is concerned about the Office of Labor-Management Standards’ administration of the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), specifically efforts to utilize reporting and transparency requirements as
tools to undermine, rather than strengthen, union democracy and integrity. The department is encouraged to partner in good faith with those entities covered by the LMRDA to ensure compliance.

We urge you to support an investment in worker protection in the FY2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill and ensuring appropriate oversight of these agencies in order to fully protect our current labor
force. We thank you for considering our request and look forward to working with the Subcommittee.

Sincerely,

 

[1] This includes the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, the Wage and Hour Division, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Mine
Safety and Health Administration.

 

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