President Obama: Give Federal Contract Workers a Raise

President Obama: Give Federal Contract Workers a Raise

As his 2014 State of the Union address nears, President Obama has said that he's willing to use executive actions to circumvent a gridlocked Congress and to take real steps to fight inequality. He should start by giving a raise to millions of federal contract workers.

According to the National Employment Law Center (NELP), three out of four workers in service-industry federal contract jobs make less than $10 per hour and only eleven percent have employer-provided health insurance. Of the workers that NELP spoke to for their study, fifty-six percent admitted to having trouble paying their monthly bills. An executive action ensuring these workers are paid a living wage would go a long way. 

A large majority of Americans support raising the minimum wage for all workers. However, an increase nationwide would require an act of Congress. While lawmakers drag their feet, President Obama could take concrete action to ensure that millions of workers paid with tax payer dollars are given a fair shake. Join us in calling on President Obama to give federal contract workers a raise. 

Federally contracted workers strike earlier this year
Federally contracted workers strike in July of 2013. Courtesy of GoodJobsNation.org

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4717 1 month ago K Arnone Brooklyn, NY
4716 5 months ago Bridget Bailey st. Louis, MO
4715 6 months ago Anonymous Guilford, VT
4714 6 months ago Eldon Ball Seattle, WA
4713 6 months ago Terry Arndt Beaverton, OR
4712 8 months ago Ian Brown Cheadle, ot Giving people a living wage is better for the economy than all of the 1% richest people.
4711 9 months ago Caryn Cowin South Pasadena, CA
4710 9 months ago Ken W Qns, NY
4709 9 months ago Mark Lungo Berea, OH
4708 9 months ago Anonymous ann arbor michigan, MI
4707 9 months ago Louis Hellwig Cedar Falls, IA
4706 9 months ago Anonymous Minneapolis, MN
4705 9 months ago David Dunn Olympia, WA
4704 9 months ago Beverly Davis Long Beach, MS
4703 9 months ago Carol Savary San Francisco, CA
4702 9 months ago Natalie Van Leekwijck Beaverton, OR
4701 9 months ago Silvia Freschi New York, NY
4700 9 months ago Christopher Smith
4699 9 months ago Joseph Rainho Sudbury, MA
4698 9 months ago Matthew Franck Highland Park, NJ
4697 9 months ago Carolyn Lilly San Diego, CA It's right and it's fair.
4696 10 months ago Teresa Koschmeder Lawrenceburg, IN
4695 10 months ago Anonymous St. Paul, MN
4694 10 months ago John Thomas Victorville, CA
4693 10 months ago John Fortier Redondo Beach, CA Do it and do it now. Quit posturing, beating your chest and saying what you will do while people suffer and starve.
Do you want people to beg ?
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