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Educators applaud presidential action to improve lives of millions of workers

Executive Order signed by President Obama ensures safe workplaces, decent wages, and fairness on the job

WASHINGTON - July 31, 2014 -

President Barack Obama today issued an Executive Order that ensures companies that do business with the federal government provide workers with decent wages, safe workplaces, and fair treatment on the job. NEA President Dennis Van Roekel issued the following statement:

“Hardworking American families are struggling and living paycheck to paycheck. Workers are finding it harder to make ends meet. President Barack Obama’s executive order goes a long way toward improving the lives of the nearly 20 million workers of companies that do business with the federal government.

“And by signing the executive order, President Obama again has shown this nation’s commitment to protecting the rights of American workers, protecting their wages and working conditions, and improving the lives of millions of Americans.

“All workers—whether in the public or private sector—deserve fair treatment with dignity and respect in the workplace. And this presidential executive order ensures that the right policies are in place and that companies comply with them.”

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.


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