Steelworkers (USW) has released the following statement from USW
International President Leo Gerard in response to President Barack Obama’s
signing of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.
order requires federal contractors to disclose labor law violations and
gives agencies greater guidance on dealing with labor violations when
awarding federal contracts.
Obama took a stand for American workers by signing an executive order that
will promote fairer and safer workplaces for employees of government
“While many federal
contractors already play by the rules and try to treat their workers fairly,
thousands of hard-working Americans end up being denied the pay they
deserve, or being exposed to health and safety risks, because some
contractors insist on cutting corners in the name of profits.
“With this order,
President Obama has sent the message that in the United States, we put
people ahead of profits, as he has throughout his time in the Oval Office.
“Sadly, we have a
Republican Congress that takes the opposite approach. Because they are more
interested in giving handouts to their wealthy donors than in helping
working Americans, the President is forced to take action on his own.
“We welcome this
action by President Obama and call on everyone in Washington to follow his
example and start working together to make life better for all American
workers and their families.”
The USW is the
largest industrial union in North America, representing workers in a range
of industries including metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, oil
refining, health care, security, hotels, and municipal governments and