Some Federal contract workers will get $10.10 an hour.
Giving a boost to their buying power.

It’s a step, we suppose, in the right direction
But U.S. workers need much more protection.

Like a living wage that keeps pace with inflation,
Paid sick leave without being forced on “vacation.”

Unemployment Insurance for those long unemployed,
Whose families and lives have been all but destroyed.

Tipped workers need more than $2.13,
Domestic workers who care for the children, house-clean

Need safeguards that keep them from deep exploitation.
Once they get them, we’ll be talkin’ bout true liberation.


Barack Obama

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Karen Dolan

Among other things, Karen Dolan is the Institute for Policy Studies’ deadline poet.

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