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$2.5 Billion in stolen wages for federal contractors

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The Federal Government is America’s Leading Low-Wage Job Creator

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President Obama wants YOU to report Wage Theft 1-844-PAY-FAIR

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Why the Next President Must Do More than the Minimum by Signing a Model Employer Executive Order.

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Underwriting Good Jobs: How to Place Over 20 Million Americans on a Pathway to the Middle Class Using Federal Purchasing Power

This is the third in a series of reports presenting new research on the scope of federally-dependent employment in the private economy and shows how, using our nearly 1.5 trillion dollars in federal purchasing, the President of the United States can place over twenty million Americans on a pathway to the middle class. For the full report, click here.

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Underwriting Executive Excess

This is the second in a series of reports that uses results from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on contracting compensation to estimate the amount the government could save if it lowered the cap on the maximum amount of employee compensation that contractors can charge to the federal government, specifically examining the saving if the cap were lowered to the amount of the U.S. Vice President’s salary, $230,700 per year. For the full report, click here.

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Underwriting Bad Jobs: How Our Tax Dollars Are Funding Low-Wage Work and Fueling Inequality

This report by Demos is an analysis encompassing U.S. workers employed by government contractors. The study found that two million private sector employees working on behalf of America earn wages too low to support a family, making $12 or less per hour. This is more than the number of low-wage workers at Walmart and McDonalds combined. These two million workers make barely enough to afford essentials like food, health care, utilities and rent. However, hundreds of billions of dollars in federal contracts, grants, loans, concession agreements and property leases go to private companies that pay low wages, provide few benefits, and offer employees little opportunity to work their way into the middle class. At the same time, many of these companies are providing their executives with exorbitant compensation. For the full report, click here.

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Taking the Low Road: How the Federal Government Promotes Poverty-Wage Jobs Through its Contracting Practices

This report by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) is a compilation of interviews from 567 workers who have fallen through the cracks created by the federal contracted system. The study found that nearly 74 percent earned less than $10 an hour, 26 percent reported receiving paid sick days, and only 11 percent received employer-provided health insurance. In the report, NELP provides guidance to policy-makers by detailing some of the increasingly complicated contractual relationships that connect low-wage workers to the federal government. For the full report, click here.

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Acting Responsibly? Federal Contractors Frequently Put Workers’ Lives and Livelihoods at Risk

This investigation by the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Senate Committee is an analysis of two enforcement databases maintained by the Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL’s Wage and Hours Division (WHD) and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). The HELP committee staff found that almost 30 percent of the top violators of federal wage and safety laws are also current federal contractors. Overall, 49 federal contractors amassed a startling 1,776 separate enforcement actions in six years. These 49 companies received $81 billion in federal contracts in fiscal year 2012, and were assessed a total of $196 million in penalties for neglecting to pay workers earned wages or failing to uphold safe working conditions. For the full report, click here.