Every policy decision I make as a member of Congress and as the Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee in the 116th Congress 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.
A path to the middle class starts with high quality education and job training, a right of every American. My America’s College Promise Act was inspired by the outstanding institutions of Macomb and Oakland Community Colleges in Michigan’s Ninth District. I worked with both colleges during my time as Chief Workforce Officer for the State of Michigan putting underemployed Michiganders back to school to earn degrees or certificates leading to in-demand jobs during the Great Recession. The America’s College Promise Act would provide two years of free community college for everyone. I fought hard for and won the inclusion of the America’s College Promise Act in the College Affordability Act, landmark legislation that would overhaul the higher education system and lower the cost of college for students and families.
Alternatives to the classroom are also a necessary part of the equation. That’s why I introduced the STANDARDS Act, which ensures that apprenticeships continue to offer Americans reliable opportunities for good-paying jobs. Working closely with Rep. Bobby Scott, Chairman of the House Education & Labor Committee, I included the STANDARDS Act in the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020, which expands and standardizes apprenticeship programs across the country.
As a union organizer whose life’s mission is to help workers in this country, I am proud that the Speaker of the House and the Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee selected me to defend the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act on the floor of the House and then to celebrate it in the Democratic Weekly address after we passed it. The PRO Act is the most comprehensive legislation in recent history to strengthen workers’ right to form unions and bargain for higher wages, better benefits and safer working conditions. I also cosponsored and voted for legislation to raise the minimum wage, close the gender wage gap and reform multiemployer pension plans.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed deep inequalities in our society’s economic, health care and political systems, and I worked hard to write and support legislation that provided working class Americans with tangible economic relief while establishing a robust public health response to the pandemic. I introduced the Coronavirus Containment Corps Act with Senator Elizabeth Warren to stand up a national contact tracing program and employ workers in their own communities who had lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. I also introduced the Relaunching America’s Workforce Act to authorize funding to help workers sharpen their skills and quickly re-enter the workforce. Working with House Democratic leadership, I was able to include key provisions of the Coronavirus Containment Corps Act and the Relaunching America’s Workforce Act in the original and updated HEROES Act, the comprehensive COVID relief and public health legislation passed by the House of Representatives in May and October of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic not only endangered the health and livelihoods of working Americans, but also led to significant attacks on worker rights. I led efforts to protect workers’ freedom to organize unions by introducing the bipartisan SAFE Workers Act to remove a harmful prohibition of electronic voting in union elections and direct funds to the National Labor Relations Board to ensure safe, remote union elections. Key provisions of this bill were passed by the House of Representatives in July 2020 as part of the annual appropriations process.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) voted to pass President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and deliver long-awaited, comprehensive COVID-19 relief. Several of his legislative priorities were included in the final package that passed the House today.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congressmen Jared Golden (ME-02) and Andy Levin (MI-09) led 110 of their colleagues in a letter to House leadership this week in support of bringing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act directly to the House floor for a vote.
The PRO Act, the most comprehensive pro-labor legislation in decades, provides updated protections for workers and unions, gives them more power to negotiate with employers and imposes meaningful penalties on employers who violate the law.
WARREN, MI – Tonight, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) hosted a virtual town hall with hundreds of attendees to provide updates on upcoming COVID relief legislation and fallout from the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Constituent questions ranged from vaccine distribution, redistricting, how raising the minimum wage would work in the economy and more.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) delivered the following opening statement at today’s markup of the Education and Labor Committee provisions in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget reconciliation bill.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Michigan Democratic Congressional Delegation today called on State Legislative Leader Shirkey and Speaker Wentworth to act on the funding passed by Congress to help Michigan families and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI), member of the House Education & Labor Committee, and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent a letter to Senate and House leadership to underscore the critical need to expand our public health workforce as they begin crafting legislation to execute President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
“I first met John Sweeney when I was 22 and his staff offered me a job helping nursing home workers organize with SEIU in my home state of Michigan. The union was hiring a novice, front-line organizer, but I was ushered into the office of the president of the national union to meet the man himself.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1), both members of the House Education & Labor Committee, introduced legislation to codify and streamline standards for registered apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship programs.