President Can Transform Federal Contracting for Hard Working People; Port Truck Drivers on Endless Strike

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Last week, the President called Speaker Boehner's lawsuit against his executive actions a "stunt." The President said "pass a bill, solve a problem,” but Congress is gridlocked and has failed to pass a bill to even make the minimum wage $10.10 an hour. People are struggling to get by and if nothing is being done in Congress the President must take action. The President could transform this country into one that creates good paying jobs through federal contracts. The Good Jobs Executive Order would ensure the federal government only does business with employers that pay living wages, don't break labor laws and have a reasonable CEO-to-worker pay ratio. Most importantly, millions will be on their way to the middle class.

Obama should set his sights higher - Washington Post

Wage theft is rampant across the country affecting federal contract workers, fast-food workers and the port truck drivers in California who are on strike this week. Port drivers, the people working long hours to transport goods for corporations like Wal-Mart, began striking this week to demand their employers to stop violating labor laws such as stealing wages, misclassifying drivers and intimidating drivers that speak out. Striking port drivers say they won't back down until their demands are met.

Exclusive: California truck drivers go on strike -

Leading up to the strike, port drivers filed lawsuits and flooded the state with hundreds of claims alleging they were misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees by trucking companies. In all, more than 500 complaints were filed in 2012 and 2013. David Arambula, an attorney representing the drivers in the upcoming trial against Pacer, said he believes thousands of drivers who serve the ports are misclassified. "There's power in the group and the numbers," he said. The drivers want to "use that to work out something that's fair for everyone."

Southern California port truck drivers loading up on wage-theft cases - LA Times


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