Tuesday, March 28 (NEW YORK, NY) – Heather McGhee, President of Demos, a New York-based public policy organization and think tank, issued the following statement after Donald Trump signed the repeal of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order:
“By signing this repeal of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order, President Trump has shown his true colors as, not a champion for America’s working class, but their enemy. This order was put in place to ensure very basic protections for federal contract workers against illegal actions by companies – now, President Trump has rescinded them at the request of these very same businesses.
“Protections for federal contract workers are much needed. Demos research finds that approximately 40 percent of all federal contracting dollars in 2013 went to contractors with health, safety or wage violations on their record. Americans working for federal contractors lose up to $2.5 billion each year to violations of minimum wage laws alone.
“Companies that cheat working Americans should not be rewarded with lucrative federal contracts.
“Since becoming President, Donald Trump has had plenty of opportunities to create policies that prioritize workers over corporate interests. But since his inauguration his actions have revealed that behind his phony populist rhetoric are anti-worker sentiments and a sole mission of delivering handouts to corporations and the wealthiest one-percent of people in our country.”