PRESSLEY, TRAHAN BACK BILL FOR LOW-WAGE WORKERS AFFECTED BY SHUTDOWN
Service workers whose jobs are tied to federal government contracts would be eligible to receive back pay for wages lost during the ongoing government shutdown under legislation introduced Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Boston and others.
Under the bill, any federal contractor that has put low-wage workers on unpaid leave during the shutdown would be required to provide retroactive compensation to cover wages lost during the shutdown. According to Pressley's office, the bill would apply to retail, food, custodial or security service workers. Contract service workers are not currently entitled to back pay because they work for third-party government contractors, according to Pressley.
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