Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Senator __________'s in ____________, California. I am calling to urge the senator to stand with American workers and reject House Joint Resolution 37, which would eliminate rules that implement the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order of 2014. Federal agencies should only enter contracts with companies that comply with our laws on workplace safety, sexual harassment, the minimum wage, and overtime pay. If contractors can't behave responsibly and ethically, the government should not reward their behavior with my tax dollars. Thank you!
The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order of 2014 was a necessary solution to an obvious problem: A 2013 report that emerged from the U.S. Senate found that while companies that receive federal contracts employ about 22% of Americans, that same subset of the nation's employers included nearly one-third of our worst violators of workplace safety and wage laws. The executive order requires employers who bid on federal contracts over $500,000 to disclose any violations of worker protection laws; if a company isn't in compliance, federal agencies work with the contractors to educate them about their responsibilities and bring them into compliance before contracts can be awarded to them.
HJR 37, which already passed the House and is filibuster-proof in the Senate thanks to the Congressional Review Act, would rescind the regulations that make the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order effective. The vote is scheduled sometime after 2 p.m. Monday in Washington.