This week marks Good Jobs Nation’s 3rd anniversary!
During the past 3 years, striking contract workers won 3 executive orders to raise job standards for millions of people. Now workers are calling on the next President to do More than the Minimum by signing a $15 & a Union Executive Order.
Workers Are Winning!
In May 2013, The Washington Post broke a big story – the U.S. Government is America’s leading low-wage job creator, funding 2 million poverty jobs through contracts with private corporations.
Since then, federal contract workers have gone on strike 17 times to protest poverty pay at national landmarks like the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol, and the Smithsonian Museums.
Workers also filed over 30 legal complaints to help 500 workers recover stolen wages and protect their workplace rights.
In response, these workers got President Obama to use the power of the pen – 3 times – to help them win by signing the $10.10 Minimum Wage Executive Order, the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, and the Paid Sick Leave Executive Order.
In addition to winning national policy change, Good Jobs Nation workers are also winning living wages and union rights. For example, Senate workers just won raises up to $5 an hour and Smithsonian workers formed a union through a “labor peace” agreement.
But the fight for a Good Jobs Nation isn’t finished yet.
That’s why Good Jobs Nation workers, backed by the entire Congressional Progressive Caucus, 18 U.S. Senators and 25 National Religious Leaders, are calling on the next President to make sure every worker wins living wages and union rights.
As former NAACP president Ben Jealous wrote in CNN, “A bold pledge by the candidates to use the power of the pen to “Fight for $15 and a Union” would send workers everywhere a clear message that national change is coming.”