Contact: Melanie Conklin 608-258-9800

Madison – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) along with his colleagues Reps. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Donald Norcross (D-NJ) will bring together UW-Madison academic professionals, policy makers, and labor representatives from around the country for a discussion on the “Future of Work, Wages, and Labor” at the UW-Madison’s Memorial Union in the Festival Room  on Thursday, April 20 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The event is open to the media and a press availability with the Members of Congress and academic professionals will occur in between the two events at 12:30 p.m. This is the first Wisconsin event in a series of discussions and town halls that are being held this year in Congressional districts across the country.

With stagnating wages, declining union membership, and jobs being lost to technology and outsourcing each day, it is important to create policies that help American workers get ahead. Congressmen Pocan and DeSaulnier created the Future of Work, Wages, and Labor initiative last year, when they were both Members of the Education and Workforce Committee, to proactively grow and invigorate our labor force. They invited policymakers to hear the concerns and struggles working families face, and are now holding meetings with leading researchers across the country to anticipate the trends in the marketplace to identify pathways forward.


Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI)

Rep. Mark Desaulnier (D-CA)

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI)

Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ)

Joel Rogers – Director of COWS, UW-Madison

Lonnie Berger – Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, UW-


Maria Cancian – fmr Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, UW-Madison

Kathy Cramer – Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, UW-Madison; Author – The Politics of Resentment

Laura Dresser – Associate Director of COWS, UW-Madison

Charles Franklin – Director of the Marquette Law School Poll, Marquette University

Linn Posey Maddox – Educational Policy Studies, UW-Madison

Michael Massoglia – Sociology, UW-Madison

Karen Timberlake – Michael Best Strategies

David Weil – Questrom School of Business, Boston University; fmr Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor

Nell Abernathy – Vice President, Research and Policy, Roosevelt Institute 

Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Press availability at 12:30 p.m.


Memorial Union on the UW-Madison campus

Festival Room

800 Langdon Street, Madison, 53706

Any media planning on attending please RSVP to above email or phone number. 

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