Workers Won: Federal Contractors Must Disclose Labor Law Violations

Friday, August 1, 2014

This week, low-wage federal contract workers went on strike 9 times in the past year-in-a-half, calling on the President to do more than a $10.10 an hour executive order. A few days after their last strike, the President signed an executive order requiring prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations. “Our tax dollars shouldn’t go to companies that violate workplace laws,” said President Obama. “It shouldn’t go to companies that violate workers rights.” 

Obama signs another order enforcing contractor work standards - MSNBC

The President's executive order signed yesterday requires companies that apply for new federal contracts of at least $500,000 to disclose labor law violations to establish procedures for evaluating a potential contractor’s labor record. Because the President took executive action, federal agencies now have the power to take into account federal contractor's labor law records when rewarding contracts.

President Obama Signs a ‘Fair Pay’ Order - New York Times

This time, workers won. This executive order is going to make it tougher for private companies to win federal contracts if they violate their workers' rights. Obama is underscoring the idea that, "if you are breaking the law, you don't get to do business with the biggest employer in the country," said Joseph Geevarghese, deputy director of Change to Win. Good Jobs Nation, a campaign of low-wage federal contract workers has been calling for legal compliance as part of a Good Jobs Executive Order. The Good Jobs Executive Order includes legal compliance along with living wages and benefits, a decent CEO-to-worker pay ratio and the right to form a union without having to strike.

Obama makes it harder for firms with labor violations to get U.S. pacts - LA Times

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