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President Obama signs Executive Order labor requirement

08.23.14

AUGUST 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

President Obama signs Executive Order labor requirement

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, August 1st- The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Metal Trades Department in Washington DC, which was chartered in 1908 to coordinate negotiating, organizing and legislative efforts of affiliated metalworking and related crafts and trade unions, praised President Barack Obama for issuing a Executive Order on July 31st.

President Obama signed the Executive Order at the White House before several labor leaders including the Metal Trades Department President Ron Ault.

The Executive Order signed by Mr. Obama was the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Act”. The Metal Department and its affiliated unions have been advocating for and supporting this action for many years.

Under the order, federal contractors must now pay their workers overtime wages and have other workplace protections or risk being hired for any federal contracts.

“Our organizations have witnessed first hand the abuses of unscrupulous federal contractors wage theft of their workers and the unlawful retaliation when workers try to exercise their rights. The terms of the Contractor’s federal contracts require them to obey and abide by the laws.

Although the vast majority of contractors play by the rules, every year tens of thousands of American workers are not treated fairly. Many are denied overtime, not hired or paid fairly because of their gender or age, or have their health and safety put at risk by contractors contracting with the federal government that cut corners,” stated Mr. Ault.

Seventeen national and international unions are affiliated with the labor federation. Many are also affiliated with the Building and Construction Trades Council.