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Kimberly Freeman Brown: "An even better way to ensure America's tax dollars are being spent properly is for the federal government to take the high road, and only contract with companies who respect workers and their rights."
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2010

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Washington, D.C. – On news that President Obama is expected to sign the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act this morning, Kimberly Freeman Brown, Executive Director of American Rights at Work, released the following statement:

"President Obama is right to take on waste in the federal budget, as well as federal contractors who break the law. An even better way to ensure America's tax dollars are being spent properly is for the federal government to take the high road, and only contract with companies who respect workers and their rights.

The Obama Administration should side with the men and women who work every day to pay their bills, care for their families, and put aside savings for retirement. To ensure Americans are compensated fairly for their work, the federal government should give preference to contractors who provide family-supporting wages and respect their workers’ rights to form unions and collectively bargain.

Awarding government contracts to companies that respect American values is not only the right thing to do, it’s good business, and essential to rebuilding the middle class. And that's exactly how we achieve a win-win economy in America."

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American Rights at Work – http://www.americanrightsatwork.org – is the nation's leading labor policy and advocacy organization dedicated to educating the American public about the barriers that workers face when they attempt to exercise their rights to freely and fairly form unions and engage in collective bargaining.