THE SENATE IS VOTING TODAY TO GUT OBAMA’S FAIR PAY AND SAFE WORKPLACE RULES

The U.S. Senate is going to vote on Monday to undo the regulations that implement President Obama’s 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order.

All they need is 51 votes. We have to stop this.

It’s mind-boggling that we’re even having this fight.

President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order in order to promote safe, healthy, fair, and effective workplaces and to build on existing laws that require federal agencies to contract only with “responsible sources.” We know the executive order was necessary because, according to a 2013 U.S. Senate report, federal contractors employ about 22 percent of the American workforce (approximately 26 million workers) and, shockingly, 30 percent of the worst violators of workplace safety and wage laws continued to receive federal contracts.

The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rules are meant to ensure that companies who want to do business with the federal government are complying with our workplace safety laws, sexual harassment laws, anti-discrimination laws, and minimum wage and overtime laws. They achieve these goals by requiring federal contractors who bid on federal contracts over $500,000 to disclose any violations of worker protection laws before they can receive a contract award. If a company isn’t in compliance, the federal agencies will educate them about their responsibilities and work with them to remedy the problems and bring them into compliance.

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