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Northern Virginia Technology Council Statement in Support of Legislation Securing Back Pay for Low Income Contractor Service Employees Impacted by the Federal Government Shutdown

Bills would provide financial relief for eligible federal service contractors missing pay during the shutdown

Jan. 18, 2019 - The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) today expresses its support for legislation recently introduced in Congress that would secure back pay for the federal contractor service employees who continue to go without pay during the government shutdown.

The Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act (S. 162), which is cosponsored by Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, aims to federal contractor employees in lower wage categories —including janitorial, food, and security services workers—who have been furloughed or forced to accept reduced work hours as a result of the government shutdown. Specifically, the legislation would:

  • Completely replace missed wages for workers making less than $50,200 per year (twice the poverty level for a family of four.)
  • Compensate workers earning more than $50,200 per year up to the $50,200 threshold ($965 per week.)
  • Restore paid leave for workers who were required by the contractor to use it.

Similar legislation in the House (H.R. 339 and H.R. 678) has been cosponsored by Northern Virginia Reps. Don Beyer, Gerald Connolly and Jennifer Wexton.

In supporting the legislation, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg made the following statement:

“Federal contractors are essential to the government’s ability to serve its citizens. Congress must ensure that contract employees, particularly those in lower wage categories, are fairly compensated for their work during this shutdown. NVTC applauds all members of the Virginia delegation for their sponsorship and support of these bills. In addition to passage of these important bills, we urge the President and Congress to act swiftly to end the shutdown, allowing all federal employees and contractors to return to their jobs serving our country.”