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UWUnited Essential Principles for Worker Equity

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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Advancing Equity in Procurement

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.

We commend the DOL for being committed to increasing racial... more »

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Increase third-party engagement on SCA enforcement

WHD should amend internal guidelines to encourage investigators to pursue leads from worker organizations. Additionally, in order to prevent misclassification, WHD should consult unions and other worker organizations on SCA conformance requests and in the process for updating classifications and the SCA Directory of Occupations.

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Prioritize DOL government contracts staffing

DOL could consider reversing the previous administration's fragmentation of government-contracts expertise and the position of Associate Administrator for Government Contracts at WHD restored. DOL could also consider creating a Contractor Labor Compliance division or group within DOL's Solicitor's Office (SOL). National Office and Regional WHD and SOL offices should staff government contracts administration and enforcement... more »

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The DOL should update FAR 22.101-1

This regulation should restate that "the policy of the United States is to encourage worker organizing and collective bargaining and to promote equality of bargaining power between employers and employees." Additional direction to contracting agencies and procurement officials should be considered, consistent with this policy.

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Update the process for determining prevailing wages

DOL should facilitate the process for newly-negotiated CBAs to be adopted as official wage determinations, update its methodology in 29 CFR 4.51(b) for determining prevailing wages on non-union contracts by lowering the threshold for "union dominance" wage determinations from 50% to 30%, and consider how the SCA's statutory directive to give "due consideration" to federal employee compensation could be better used to... more »

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