On the campaign trail, candidate Joseph Biden was enthusiastically pro-worker. He promised to create good jobs in the United States; close racial wealth and wage gaps; support working Americans’ ability to exercise their rights and build power on the job; and improve essential minimum standards such as raising the minimum wage to $15. President Biden has followed through on his pledge by taking steps to increase wages, strengthen anti-discrimination protections, provide emergency paid leave for the millions of working Americans employed by federal contractors, and ensure that federal purchasing creates jobs in the United States.
These reforms will not only improve the lives of millions of working families but also help the U.S. government fulfill its long-standing commitment to serve as a model employer when it purchases goods and services. Last year alone, the federal government spent half a trillion dollars through the federal procurement system, supporting millions of private sector jobs.
The above excerpt was originally published in CAP Action.
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