Thursday, January 30, 2014
Executive Order for Federal Contract Workers: Symbolic Effect Signaling Change to the Private Sector
"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
Monday, January 27, 2014
SOTU: We Hope the President Will Take Action and Help Low-wage Workers
With the State of the Union a day away, low-wage employees under federal contracts sent a clear message last week to President Obama. He must take the lead on income inequality by ensuring American workers are paid a living wage. For those working under federal contracts for low wages, he could sign an executive order.“Too many Americans work full-time for federal contractors and live in poverty,” said Rep. Keith Ellison, co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Pentagon fast-food workers strike, call for higher wages - Washington Post
Who would've thought that federal contractors could break the law and still be able to do business with the federal government. The federal contract problem isn't merely low wages and no benefits, some federally contracted companies are stealing wages and violating safety laws. Tomorrow, the President could take action to make sure the federal government is only doing business with companies that don't break the law.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Wage Theft Runs Rampant in Lower-level Food Court of Union Station; Walmart Illegally Disciplined and Fired Employees After Strikes and Protests for Better Pay.
In the heart of Washington, D.C., Union Station is right under the nose of the federal government, but that doesn't mean laws are necessarily obeyed and enforced. Yesterday, 60 people working in the lower-level food court of Union Station filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor alleging wage theft. Some employers are accused of paying their workers well below the minimum wage.
Monday, January 13, 2014
America needs good paying jobs, NOW!
It's a new year, and a good one for executive actions that will lift up low income workers under federal contracts in the U.S and overseas. President Obama must take these government contract issues into his own hands and lead the country by example. He can guarantee low wage federal contract workers and their families are taken care of by paying a living wage.
Missing Executive Actions - New York Times
Thursday, December 19, 2013
VICTORY! Justice for victims of Labor abuse! Low Wage Smithsonian workers win representation, but Federal Contractors Among the worst labor law violators.
Labor abuse is common and widespread in the United States, it's not even safe for those working under federal contracts in government buildings in Washington, D.C. For instance, Antonio Vanegas worked at the food court of the Ronald Reagan Building. He was recently designated a victim of labor abuse crimes and granted a one year authorization to work in the United States with eligibility to apply for a special visa — U visa — given only to victims of serious crimes.
Worker Who Reported Wage Theft Gets Reprieve From Deportation - Huffington Post
Smithsonian food-service workers are finally organized and represented by a union for the first time EVER! It's a major victory after a series of one-day strikes led by Good Jobs Nation. Smithsonian workers have finally secured a seat at the negotiating table to advocate for better wages and working conditions.
Union to represent low-wage food workers at two Smithsonian museums - Washington Post