Good news for working people: President Obama took bold action today to protect the wages and safety of millions of American workers.
The executive order he signed will help alleviate wage theft in our federal contracting system and protect taxpayer dollars from going to companies that consistently break the law.
More than one in five workers in the U.S. today are employed by companies that do business with the federal government. Far too many have been routinely denied leave, placed in harm's way, discriminated against and cheated out of pay by federal contractors.
As workers around the country stand up to demand a living wage and a union, President Obama is doing his part to make sure employers treat their workers with the respect they deserve, support collective bargaining and have clean labor records.
As Rep. Keith Ellison put it, "If you are a federal contractor and you want to do business with the United States, you should be fair to your workers." Amen!