Signature needed: These workers need a union

The email below is from Marie Ferrier, a CREDO activist in Washington, DC. Marie started a petition on CREDO Mobilize, where activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change. Will you help Marie by signing her petition calling on President Obama to give federal contract workers the opportunity to collectively bargain with their employers over wages and working conditions, and sharing it with your friends and family?


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Tell President Obama: Allow federal contract workers to form a union.

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Dear 5849376,

Although President Obama has said that income inequality is the defining challenge of our time, and recently raised the minimum wage for workers like me, who are employed under federal contract to $10.10 an hour, it's not enough to lift our families out of poverty.

Even though I got a raise, I still don't make enough in order to provide food and pay medical bills for my son after making my rent payment. I still have to rely on food stamps and Medicaid to care for my son, while I work hard to serve folks in uniform, and U.S. veterans, at the McDonald's inside the Pentagon.

My coworkers and I desperately need a union that would allow us to collectively bargain and put us in the best position to negotiate for benefits, reliable schedules, better pay and other workplace issues. That's why I started my own campaign on CREDOMobilize.com, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to President Obama, says the following:

We urge you to issue an executive order to give federal contract workers the opportunity to collectively bargain with our employers over wages and working conditions. Allowing us to form a union is the best way to make sure workers have a seat at the negotiating table so that working women don't have to keep striking to be heard.

Tell President Obama: Allow federal contract workers to form a union.

Most of my coworkers are just like me – single moms and barely making it. We need more than the minimum wage – we need a living wage and benefits (like health care, flexible scheduling, paid sick days, and paid time-off) so we can care for our families and give our kids a chance to succeed in the world.

We need a union that can effectively represent us at the negotiating table so that we get the benefits and pay we deserve. A recent report by the National Women's Law Center found that women represented by unions earn on average $200 more per week than their non-union colleagues.

We have already walked off the job seven times in the last year, risking our livelihoods, to demand living wages and the freedom to form a union. Today, my coworkers and I sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to allow us to collectively bargain with employers who do business with the U.S. government.

Let the president know that you have our backs. By showing solidarity with workers, President Obama can make sure we don't have to keep striking to take care of our basic family needs and have a chance to succeed in today's economy.

Tell President Obama: Allow federal contract workers to form a union.

This isn't the first time women on federal contracts banded together to claim a voice at work. During World War II, an army of women – made famous by the iconic "Rosie the Riveter" image – entered factories and shipyards to support defense industries. Faced with pay discrimination and other abuses, these women waged strikes to demand a say in working conditions. President Franklin D. Roosevelt heard them and gave them a seat at the negotiating table.

Join us in sending the president a message that we expect him to follow FDR's example and let us form a union so that we can collectively bargain with the profitable federal contractors who give us so little.

Will you join me and add your name to my petition to President Obama calling on him to give federal contract workers the opportunity to collectively bargain with their employers over wages and working conditions?

Thank you for your support.

Marie Ferrier

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