Federal contractors deserve backpay, too!

Happy Friday! The forecast calls for a lot of snow this weekend, so we hope you can minimize travel and stay safe. Also, the deadline for the special election is February 12, 2019, but with postal delivery potentially impacted due to inclement conditions, please drop your ballot in the mail today.

And now on to today's action...

Although another Federal Government shutdown could happen just one week from today, it's important for us to remember that there are millions of people who still have not been made whole after the last shutdown, including some of the most vulnerable groups who provide their labor to the Federal Government. For example, contract workers who clean office buildings, make food, or perform safety inspections are still missing 10% of their annual income[1].

Representative Donald Norcross of New Jersey has introduced H.R. 824, the Fairness for Federal Contractors Act of 2019[2], to provide backpay to all of the working Americans who are still hurting terribly from the last shutdown. To date, neither Pramila Jayapal or Adam Smith have cosponsored this piece of legislation. Let's make sure they know that we think this should be a priority. Furthermore, this bill needs to pass the Senate, too, so be sure to call your Senators.

Today's Action: Call on our members of Congress to pass the Fairness for Federal Contractors Act

Call your Representative:

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal — DC: 202-225-3106; Seattle: 206-674-0040

  • Rep. Adam Smith — DC: 202-225-8901; Renton: 425-793-5180

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm a constituent calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I learned that Federal contractors still have not been paid from the government shutdown, and so I am asking {REPRESENTATIVE} to support Representative Norcross's bill, H.R. 824, which will provide these workers with backpay. Will {REPRESENTATIVE} commit to publicly backing this bill?

Call both Senators:

  • Sen. Patty Murray — DC: 202-224-2621; Seattle: 206-553-5545

  • Sen. Maria Cantwell — DC: 202-224-3441; Seattle: 206-220-6400

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm a constituent calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I learned that Federal contractors still have not been paid from the government shutdown. There is a bill in the House that will provide these workers with backpay, called the "Fairness for Federal Contractors Act." Will {SENATOR} commit to supporting companion legislation in the Senate?

Background:

[1] NASA Is Reopened, But Thousands of Contractors Are Still Waiting on Paychecks: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/01/nasa-is-reopened-but-thousands-of-contractors-are-still-waiting-on-paychecks/

[2] Fairness for Federal Contractors Act of 2019: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/824