(WASHINGTON) – Today, the White House announced the final rule for the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order which will put strong protections in place for workers that are employed by government contractors. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters supports this executive order.
Originally announced in July 2014, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces will establish clear guidelines for federal agencies to implement when reviewing companies for government contracts. The executive order will hold companies that contract with the government accountable for violating workplace laws and prevent bad actors from receiving federal contracts.
“The Teamsters Union fully supports President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “It will not only protect the millions of workers that are employed by federal contractors, but it will ensure that taxpayer money is not being handed to companies that blatantly violate labor and workplace laws.”
The executive order will put in place regulations that will address key issues workers are faced with on the job at federal contractors including wage theft, safety violations and discrimination. The union passed a resolution supporting the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order at its International Convention this past June:
“Be it resolved at this 29th International Convention that the Teamsters are committed to fighting for full implementation of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order and for the fundamental principle that employers who receive federal taxpayers’ money should comply with federal labor law.”
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit www.teamster.org.