Standard of Living

Every policy decision I make as a Member of Congress and as the vice chair of the Education and Labor Committee is about raising the standard of living for working people and guaranteeing economic justice for all. Our country, our economy and our education system must work for every American—not just a wealthy few.

As we work to restore economic mobility and rebuild the middle class in America, we must make sure that that a full-time job guarantees the ability to live with dignity. This means restoring the freedom to form unions and organize collectively, raising the minimum wage, establishing a national paid leave insurance program so everyone can afford to take necessary time off to care for themselves and their loved ones, and ensuring strong workplace protections so that no one has to face discrimination, harassment or unsafe conditions on the job. In fact, the first bill I introduced as a Member of Congress, H.J. Res. 44, would reverse a Trump administration rule that eliminated certain protections for workers in cases of workplace injuries.

We must also ensure all children and Americans, regardless of their zip code, have access to a safe place to live and a high-quality education that provides them with the resources and support necessary to reach their full potential. Investing in universal public education from pre-school to college and enhancing our trade school programs and workplace training will build a strong future for Michigan’s kids and workers.

Affordable housing, an equitable education system, effective worker training programs and strong worker protections lift all working families and will help build a stronger economy for Michigan and our nation.

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July 8, 2020 Press Release

WARREN, MI – Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, hosted a virtual press conference to discuss his bipartisan SAFE (Secure And Fair Elections for) Workers Act with American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten and Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Christopher Shelton.

July 2, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and 44 other members of Congress introduced the SAFE (Secure And Fair Elections for) Workers Act. This bill undoes the harmful prohibition of electronic voting in union elections and requires the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to conduct elections remotely due to the public health risks of in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic.

July 2, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today introduced companion bills in the House and Senate to provide critical stabilization funding to libraries facing revenue losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement on the deportation of war criminal Toto Constant to Haiti:

June 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the Committee on Education and Labor, continues to call out Education Secretary DeVos’s rule to funnel COVID-19 relief funds designated for public schools – by a bipartisan, bicameral vote – to private schools. In his opening remarks and questioning in a virtual hearing, Rep. Levin explains how this move will further entrench inequity and systemic racism in our education system.

You can watch his remarks below, beginning at 3:41:27:


June 12, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), vice chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, released the following statement in response to disturbing events impacting workers in Mexico:

June 11, 2020 Press Release

Tonight, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) hosted a Facebook Live Town Hall with Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist. The previous evening, Rep. Levin hosted a Telephone Town Hall with the Lt. Governor, engaging thousands of constituents across Michigan’s 9th District to discuss the State of Michigan moving into the next phase of the coronavirus response and the growing dialogue and demonstrations around racial justice.

Watch the Facebook town hall here.

June 4, 2020 Press Release

 WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) Vice Chair of the Committee on Education and Labor, led a virtual briefing with Chairman Bobby Scott entitled: “Building a Community-Based Contact Tracing Workforce.” The committee is examining Congress’ role to support a qualified, strong, community-based contract tracing workforce.

You can watch the briefing here

June 1, 2020 Press Release

On May 22, Congressmen Andy Levin and John Moolenaar sent a letter to Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia signed by a bipartisan coalition of Michigan U.S. House and Senate members detailing the need for swift approval of the State of Michigan’s application for a Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG). Last week, The U.S. Department of Labor announced four Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) totaling $23,823,000 to help address the workforce-related impacts of the public health emergency related to COVID-19, including for Michigan.

May 28, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, today pressed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Loren Sweatt during a virtual hearing on the agency’s refusal to proactively protect workers from COVID-19.