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Post by Addie » Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:24 am

[link]ThinkProgress,http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/0 ... ike-wages/[/link]





Pentagon Workers Strike Over Poverty Wages Paid By Federal Contracts





Food service and janitorial staff at the Pentagon are going on strike Wednesday morning, opening a new front in the ongoing fight to get President Obama to end the federal government’s practice of paying poverty wages to contract employees at federal facilities.





The Pentagon employees’ walk-out follows similar strikes by service workers at federally owned, privately operated facilities in Washington, D.C., such as the Ronald Reagan Building, Union Station, and the Smithsonian museum food courts. It also comes after wage theft charges against employers at the Reagan Building and the train station. The expansion of the campaign to the Pentagon comes almost exactly eight months after the first strikes led to retaliatory firings by employers, indicating that efforts to intimidate workers did not succeed.





The workers in question are on the payroll of companies like Dunkin Donuts and Taco Bell, but in a sense their real employer is the federal government. The government hires fast food, retail, security, and janitorial companies to service contracts for federal properties. Those contracts give the government a chance to set wage and hour terms for the on-the-ground workers who will actually cook the food and haul the trash. Federal contracts of this sort actually prop up more low-wage jobs than notoriously low-paying companies McDonald’s and Walmart combined. At present, three in four of these workers make less than $10 per hour, and four in 10 rely upon public assistance despite working a full-time job. The same contracts funnel a total of $24 billion per year to the CEOs of the companies that pay their workers so poorly to staff public facilities.





Unlike millions of other low-wage employees, the ones fulfilling federal service contracts can get a raise without an act of Congress. The workers, backed by a group of about 17 House progressives, want President Obama to exercise his executive authority to improve their pay and get taxpayers out of the business of paying poverty wages. The administration has kept quiet on the topic for months as the congressional progressives who favor the move have gotten louder and begun criticizing the president’s inaction, and both workers and lawmakers hope Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address will include an announcement about raising federal contract worker wages with the stroke of a pen.
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Post by Addie » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:57 am

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Trump tries to weaken federal unions, but their membership grows in reaction to GOP actions

President Trump and Capitol Hill Republicans have been good for federal unions, even as they attempt to undermine the labor organizations and the public servants they represent.

With the GOP running the White House and Congress, membership in federal unions is on the rise, fed by an administration and legislature that leaves the workforce anxious about budget cuts, layoffs and an erosion of civil service protections.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the biggest federal employee union, had a net increase of 1,022 members last month alone, part of almost 5,000 new members since January. Three of the four other major unions also reported growth — the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) did not provide membership information — with the National Federation of Federal Employees on pace to achieve 7 percent growth this year.

While membership has grown previously, important factors currently are White House and congressional proposals that would cut government contributions to federal employee benefits, significantly devaluing the 1.9 percent pay raise that staffers are slated to get in January. The union growth occurred even before Thursday’s House approval of a budget proposal that would reduce subsidies to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. The budget plan calls for $32 billion in cuts targeted at feds over 10 years. While unspecified in the House budget resolution, those hits could include damaging retirement proposals previously offered by Trump.
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Post by ZekeB » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:03 am

If workers knew what would serve their interests, they would be unionizing everywhere. Unfortunately the nutjobs are selling a false bill of goods to these workers.
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Re: Federal Workers

Post by AndyinPA » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:53 am

I think it's no secret that the republicans have been going after unions in general, but, lately, federal unions as they are the last strongholds of unions in this country. That includes the Post Office, which they have nearly driven into the ground in hopes of privatizing it.

And I know people who are/have been in unions, state and federal, who have no appreciation at all of what their unions have done for them or done for everyone.

I think there was an attempt in the last administration to enable the post offices to do banking that would replace the payday loan business. You can guess how far that went. I don't remember the details, just mostly allowing people to cash checks, avoiding the payday loans.

My father was a steelworker, so I grew up in union family. I can remember the support the union gave to their members when there was a strike, particularly the food, some of which I hated and some of which I thought was really awesome. (I was really young at the time.) But my dad never had to worry about putting food on the table when he was striking. In the end, though, he lost everything the union had provided, including his job, his retirement, and his life insurance. When he died ten years ago, a neighbor across the street from him who had also been a member of the union stopped over at the house to warn me that if I found a union life insurance policy in his papers, it was worthless. He was right.

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Re: Federal Workers

Post by RoadScholar » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:51 am

The Conservative Constitutionalists who want to dismantle the Post Office need to be reminded that it is mandated in the Constitution.

Just as much as is the 2nd Amendment.
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