Friday, August 22, 2014
New EO Makes Contractors Qualify for Taxpayer Dollars; Bangladesh Workers Seeking Justice; Is Income Inequality Affecting More Women than Men?
The New York Times Editorial Board chimed in this week not long after the President signed another executive order for federal contract workers. The EO advised federal procurement officials to ensure the federal government isn't contracting with repeated labor law violators who cheat, steal, sicken and harm their workers. The Editorial Board ended with writing, "contractors who oppose the order seem to have forgotten that they are bidding for taxpayer dollars. They are not entitled to contracts; they must qualify."
The Right to Cheat and Maim? - New York Times
Bangladesh has some of the worst labor conditions, and it hasn't improved since a factory fire killed 112 people and another factory collapsed killing 1,200 people, injuring 2,500 who were mostly women. The victims' families and those continuing to suffer from poor labor practices are fighting to end worker abuse in Bangladesh, and bring justice to garment factory workers.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Port Truck Drivers on the Move!
We are America’s port truck drivers, fighting for dignity, respect, and a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.
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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.”