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UWUnited - Equity Begins with modernizing executive order 11246

Unemployed Workers United is organizing a multiracial and multigenerational movement with unemployed, underemployed, and workers in precarious employment conditions dedicated and committed to creating an economy and society that respects all working people, their families and their communities. We organize workers across the nation with a focus on the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Tennessee, and Texas.... more »

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Better For All Coalition recommendations for EO11246

October 4, 2021

Via Online Submission

U.S. Department of Labor

200 Constitution Ave NW

Washington, D.C. 2020

Re: Advancing Worker Equity at the U.S. Department of Labor

The Better For All Coalition came together with a shared goal to advance the rights of all workers, by centering the needs of Black and Immigrant workers to improve the working conditions and their accessibility to good union jobs.To really build... more »

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Promoting Safe and Fair Federal Contractor Workplaces Edited

Please see attached joint comments detailing the following recommendations:

1. Forced arbitration erodes legal protections ensuring workplace safety and fairness, disproportionately affecting women, people of color, and low-wage workers.

2. Curtailing the use of forced arbitration in federal contractor workplaces would promote workplace equity.

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Increase the minimum wage for federal contractors

Swiftly adopt, implement, and enforce the proposed rule to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $15 per hour in 2022 and index it to inflation. More details: https://civilrights.org/resource/re-public-comments-on-rin-1235-aa41-increasing-the-minimum-wage-for-federal-contractors/

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Modernize and Rigorously Enforce Executive Order 11246

As members of the Workforce Development Worker Equity Initiative, we appreciate this opportunity to submit ideas about how the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) can advance worker equity in your policies, programs, and procurement. We share the DOL's goal of fostering greater employment and economic opportunities for people from historically underserved communities.

(iv) Equitable Federal Contractor Workplaces: DOL Should... more »

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Build back better essential programs that help protect workers.

Both the workforce and wealth of institutional knowledge at the OFCCP shrunk following years of budget cuts and de-prioritization. Building back better will require not only administrative changes to insulate the office from political changes, but also a significant renewed federal funding investment in the office, its purpose, and the millions it serves.

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Ensure sustainability within the administration of programs

Ensure sustainability and continuity within the administration of federal contractor and subcontractor programs. Both the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' workforce and wealth of institutional knowledge shrunk following years of budget cuts. Building back the office will both increase funding and an expansion of internal financial controls to balance year-to-year budgeting and to guard against external... more »

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Rescind religious organizations' exemptions

Rescind religious organizations' exemptions from nondiscrimination in hiring and employment. Clarified under the "Implementing Legal Requirements Regarding the Equal Opportunity Clause's Religious Exemption" final rule, religious organizations serving as federal contractors or subcontractors, while still bound to abide by nondiscrimination and affirmative action requirements, are allowed discretion in hiring and employment... more »

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Eliminate the subminimum wage for all federal contractors

Eliminate the subminimum wage for all federal contractors and subcontractors. Building off the Administration's commitment to a $15 an hour minimum wage for federal contractors, the DOL should similarly put in motion a plan to eliminate the subminimum wage from use among all federal contractors and subcontractors. Currently, the Fair Labor Standards Act "provides for the employment of certain individuals at wage rates... more »

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Commit to higher wage standards, set precedent as model employer

Commit to higher wage standards and set precedent as a model employer. The Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to increase the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour sets a strong precedent as the model employer for all other businesses both small and large to emulate. Building on this commitment, the Administration and DOL in concert should commit to automatic annual increases in the federal contractor... more »

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Require increased internal transparency from contractors

Require increased internal transparency from contractors on employee compensation structure and philosophy to drive pay equity. Company policy and culture--which influences promotion decisions, performance ratings, the availability of education and training opportunities, leave policies, implicitly steering applicants into lower-paying positions, and limiting transfers to better-compensated jobs--can lead to systematic... more »

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Require public disclosure of compensation gaps

Require public disclosure of federal contractor and subcontractor compensation gaps by gender, race, and ethnicity. Pay equity is simultaneously an economic issue and a racial and gender equity issue, because women as well as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Pacific Islander workers experience the largest gaps in pay when compared to their white male counterparts. As good faith actors and in pursuit of full transparency,... more »

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Reinstate federal government collection of data from employers

Reinstate federal government collection of pay data from employers, including federal contractors and subcontractors. The Obama Administration's pay data collection rule, which required large employers to collect pay data broken down by race, ethnicity, and gender, was an important step forward in pay transparency and parity. Reinstating this rule across the federal government and reaffirming its applicability to all... more »

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Center equity in awarding federal contracts and subcontracts

In addition to existing Affirmative Action Programs (AAP) requirements, the DOL should develop guidance stipulating that when awarding federal contracts and subcontracts, special consideration should be given to firms that either have a significant proportion of employees who come from communities that have been underserved or target their outreach for employment opportunities in part to communities that have been underserved.... more »

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