Issued April 27, 2021
SAN FRANCISCO—Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement on the news President Biden will sign an executive order mandating at least a $15 minimum wage for up to 700,000 underpaid federal contractors:
“With today’s executive action, President Biden is continuing to fulfill the pledge he made yesterday to make the federal government a model employer. More importantly, he is heeding the demands working people have been making that leaders must respect, protect and pay them. SEIU members and the worker leaders united in the Fight for $15 and a Union will continue to encourage President Biden and his administration to go even further by taking additional steps to ensure that all service and federal contract jobs are good jobs.
“Too often the Black and brown workers, especially women, who keep our country running behind the scenes have been ignored and their work devalued. These courageous workers won’t stop until their family is not just able to survive, but thrive.”