Our national workforce keeps our country running and provides invaluable services we often take for granted. Nobody should have to work multiple jobs or extraordinary hours to provide for their family, save for retirement or feel financially secure. As an electrician by trade, I know the best social program in the world is a job and I believe every worker must have an opportunity to succeed, which starts with fair pay. Women have made great strides in history, but it’s time they receive equal pay for equal work and the opportunity to maintain a work and family balance. We need to ensure working families have fair wages, safe working conditions, and a voice in the workplace.
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By Rep. Donald Norcross
Growing up, I enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together to understand how they work. I loved to work with my hands, so while my three brothers decided to attend traditional four-year colleges, I chose the other four-year school — a Registered Apprenticeship Program. My apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) laid the foundation for me to go from the construction site to Congress. It allowed me to earn-while-I-learned and set me on a path toward a fulfilling, family-sustaining career.