Obama orders paid sick leave for workers at federal contractors

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President Obama used Labor Day to announce a new step toward increased benefits for workers — ordering companies that do business with the government to provide paid sick leave for their employees.

The move, which Obama announced with labor leaders in Boston, adds to a series of executive actions Obama has taken and comes as Congress resists legislation to change labor conditions and pay to cover all private-sector workers.

“Right now, about 40% of private-sector workers — 44 million people in America — don’t have access to paid sick leave,” Obama said in announcing the order. “Unfortunately, only Congress has the power to give this security to all Americans,” he added, “but where I can act, I will.”

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