Target: Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Goal: Prevent further dismantling of regulations under the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.
In 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which required federal contractors to disclose any violations of labor laws. The order was designed to protect workers’ rights to overtime pay, safety on the job, and general transparency from their employers. It also provided guidance to help federal employers comply with labor laws, such as the Equal Pay Act, the Civil Rights Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The action aimed to hold federal employers using American tax dollars to pay their workers to a higher standard of ethics and responsibility. On March 6, the United States Senate passed a resolution that disapproved President Obama’s executive order, effectively bringing to an end the regulations that were keeping federal employers in check regarding the rights of their employees. Without the protections of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, American tax dollars can potentially fund federal contracts with employers who violate the labor and civil rights of their employees.
The regulations put forth under the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order function to protect the rights of American workers and hold federal employers accountable. The disapproval of the order sets a dangerous precedent and compromises workers’ rights across the United States.
Dear Senator McConnell,
On March 6, the United States Senate voted to pass a joint resolution that disapproves the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, issued by President Obama in 2014. The order provided important protection for workers across the United States and helped to enforce both civil rights and labor laws in federal contracts.
The disapproval of the order removes an incentive for employers with federal contracts to adhere to labor laws and maintain transparent, honest relationships with their employees. It opens a loophole for worker exploitation and diminishes the importance of ensuring fair pay practices and safe working conditions for employees being paid with American tax dollars.
I urge you to work in the Senate to prevent any further dismantling of the regulations put forth in the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The disapproval sets a dangerous precedent and allows federal employers to take advantage of their workers. Employer transparency is vital to upholding and protecting workers’ rights, and I ask that you make those protections a priority on the Senate floor.
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