Call CM Phil Mendelson to tell him we need paid sick days w/ our minimum wage increase: (202) 724-8032. Click here to read/follow the call script.
The Washington, D.C., City Council is just one vote short of the number it needs to overturn the mayor’s imminent veto of the living wage bill that would require big retailers to pay their employees $12.50 an hour. This bill will go a long way to helping our community’s low-wage workers meet their basic needs and support their families.
Walmart, predictably, launched an all-out lobbying and PR blitz against the bill and threatened to stop development of three stores in the city. But with your help, we still have a chance of ensuring this historic bill passes.
As the lone swing vote, the fate of thousands of deserving workers is in Councilman Tommy Wells’ hands. More importantly, if Tommy wants to be mayor, he cannot ignore the will of citywide workers and residents. He needs to hear from you to override the veto and the intimidation from Walmart.
Tell Tommy Wells to stand with working families and support the living wage bill>>
For more information, download our fact sheet on the Large Retailer Accountability Act.
Every year the federal government pays private contractors $1 trillion to to do everything from sew military uniforms to clean the bathrooms at federal buildings to sell food and souvenirs at national landmarks. Many of these contractors are paying their workers poverty wages — sometimes even less than minimum wage! – while their CEOs make millions. Altogether, the federal government creates more bad jobs than anyone else.
This month, hundreds of contracted workers in federal buildings in Washington have staged a series of bold strikes demanding that President Obama sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay living wages. As taxpayers, this is our fight too — we need to raise our voices and tell the President that we want our tax dollars creating good jobs and rebuilding the middle class.