Friday, August 15, 2014
Workers are Winning by Standing Up and Speaking Out
The Good Jobs Nation campaign of low wage federal contract workers have gone on strike nine times, calling on the President to sign a Good Jobs Executive Order. The President listened more than once by signing three executive orders to help low-wage workers. "For the first time in a long time we have a president taking executive action to help workers," said Paco Fabian a spokesman for Change to Win. "These are certainly steps in the right direction," Fabian said of the executive orders already on the books, "but there's a lot more he could do."
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The President is on a Pro-Labor ROLL!
Just two weeks ago the President signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which has been called "the most important workers’ rights reform of the past 20 years." The order requires companies worth more than $500,000 to make previous labor law violations public. Secondly, the order makes sure that contracts worth more than $1 million can no longer force their employees into arbitration to settle accusations of workplace discrimination.
Obama Is on a Pro-Labor Roll - Slate
The pro-worker E.O. is a great step in reforming the federal contracting system, but low-wage working women want a voice at the table to negotiate on behalf of themselves and their families. Female workers at the bottom of the income scale need to support their families, they need paid sick days, paid maternity leave, decent healthcare, etc. That's why female activists are fighting back against employers that don't allow workers to have a voice.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Workers Won: Federal Contractors Must Disclose Labor Law Violations
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.”
Thursday, July 10, 2014
President Can Transform Federal Contracting for Hard Working People; Port Truck Drivers on Endless Strike
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.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Supreme Court Anti-Union Ruling; Rosie Needs Respect, Government is the Top Low-Wage Employer of Women
The Supreme Court ruled this morning that some government workers don't have to pay union dues that prevent non-union members from freeloading the benefits, higher wages and better labor standards union members are afforded. Justice Alito wrote that home-care aides would be classified as partial public employees and would be able to opt-out of paying dues. Organizing is the most effective way for working Americans to stand up to corporations who want to make high profits, while the