Executive Order for Federal Contract Workers: Symbolic Effect Signaling Change to the Private Sector

Thursday, January 30, 2014

"What this shows is that workers can win when they act, and not just for contract workers in D.C.,” said Joseph Geevarghese, deputy director of the Change to Win labor group.“What’s significant is the symbolic effect. It’s a signal that could move into the private sector with employers like McDonald’s and Wal-Mart. Workers will be more emboldened when they realize President Obama is on their side.”  Read more about the Good Jobs Nation campaign, which pressured the President to take executive action:

Obama’s wage promise answers calls of growing movement - Washington Post

With this executive action, President Obama proved to the American people that he can lead by example and that once again America can grow into the land of opportunity for working families. By signing an executive order for those working under federal contracts, he has chosen to move a nation forward. Obama is sending a clear message that those who provide services to the federal government should not live in poverty.

Liberals Laud Obama’s Minimum Wage Move - Time

President Obama took the lead and made history when he delivered his symbolic State of the Union speech on Tuesday. Americans are struggling to pay for basic needs. The President's message confirmed to the American people that he is listening and believes that people everywhere deserve to be paid what they are worth. 

Executive order on federal contracting means real action on economic mobility - The Hill

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