Norcross, Colleagues Discuss Future of Wages and Labor in N.J.

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New Jersey Congressman Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) invited some of his colleagues from across the country to South Jersey on Friday, August 4th, to discuss the future of the country’s working class. 

Four members of Congress have teamed up and traveled to each other’s states across the country to talk about where the United States is headed when it comes to work, wages, and labor.

“All of this is just about accumulating the best research. But being across the country in different communities to find out what are the challenges, which we are all too aware of right now, and what can Congress do to start changing this,” said Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.).

New Jersey’s stop in the series led them to Rutgers University’s Camden Campus.

“This is the fourth in a series of stops we made across the nation to institutions of higher learning that have a labor component.”

“This is the fourth in a series of stops we made across the nation to institutions of higher learning, in this case Rutgers, that have a labor component,” said Norcross, representing the first district of New Jersey.

The congressman is hoping that Friday’s discussion will help him and his colleagues better understand the concerns of the people here in New Jersey.

“Certainly, that the minimum wage is way too low, and that there’s a huge separation from those that are working for a living making an hourly wage, and those at the top who are collecting at a rate that is unseen in human history,” said Norcross.

Other topics brought up by the community leaders in attendance Friday morning included the wage gap between women and men, the difference between college and apprenticeship, and securing retirement.

“We’re just hoping to get people engaged and thinking about what we can and should do kind of aspirationally. Now, there are some immediate things that need to happen, but also how can you not try to get behind the curve on this,” said Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.).

After the four stops, the members of Congress plan on working together to spark some change.

“Hopefully that’s going to lead to, I know in my case, a number of bills that we’re going to put forward to address some of the issues that the average men and women are facing in their jobs,” said Norcross.

The four representatives from different parts of the country hope these discussions will help promote economic security for hardworking Americans.

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