On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, IUPAT member Mark Pocan addressed the delegates of this year’s AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department Legislative Conference. An annual event that draws union political activists from around the country to learn more about the issues in this year’s election, hone the skills that make them good activists and rally for political and union leaders who are fighting for working families.
Brother Pocan is running for Congress in Wisconsin after serving 13 years in the State Assembly. The credentials listed on his web site are lengthy:
In his six terms as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, Pocan has earned numerous awards for both his legislative victories and his community service. He helped create the Wisconsin Quality Home Care Commission, authored the American Jobs Act and the Compassionate Care for Rape Victims Act and was deeply involved in many progressive initiatives focused on collective bargaining rights, public financing of clean elections, domestic partner protections and corrections reform.
For six years Pocan sat on the state’s powerful budget writing Joint Finance Committee, including a term as co-chair last session. He has also taken on a leading role among Assembly Democrats, running caucus campaign efforts in 2008 when Dems went from five seats down to successfully retaking the majority for Democrats for the first time in 14 years.
During recent turmoil in Wisconsin in the fight for workers’ rights against an attack from Gov. Scott Walker, Pocan took a visible, leading role, fighting hard for what he believes in, as a legislator and a union member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.
Listen to his BCTD speech below as he begins with his tireless efforts in Wisconsin when Governor Walker began his assault on working families, and organized labor rallied against him.