“For far too long, federal contractors have not been held to the standards we need to build a fair economy for all.” said Jenny Ho, President of the APALA DC Chapter and who was present for the signing. “As President Obama pointed out, the contractors that violate workers' rights are often the very same that fall short of providing quality services. The president has responded to many years of campaigning by workers and taxpayers--we must continue building on the momentum for living wages, good jobs and responsible contracting.”
The Executive Order President Obama signed today will help to enforce fair wages and safe working conditions for all federal contract workers. It will also provide better guidelines for executive agencies in hiring contractors, promoting stricter adherence to labor laws and protecting workers’ rights with proper due process.
Far too often basic labor laws such as overtime pay, fair wages and safety conditions are ignored by employers. Almost 2 million American workers employed by federal agencies work in the low-wage job sector and do not earn enough to support their family.
“The newly signed executive order is a step in the right direction in protecting and ensuring workers’ rights while holding corporations accountable.” said APALA National President Johanna Puno Hester