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November 27, 2019 In The News

"So you cannot keep America great, make America great when you strike at the very heart of what makes this country great, what keeps us running," said Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

Pressley is on a mission to pay government workers $1 billion in back wages.  

She's been fighting for them since being sworn into Congress during the longest government shutdown in US history. That battle over President Trump's border wall ended 10 months ago. But for thousands of service workers, its effects live on. 

November 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and her fellow Congressional Progressive Caucus members sent a bipartisan letter, signed by 87 members of the House of Representatives, to bicameral leadership urging that federal contract service workers - including food service, custodial, and security professionals - receive back pay for wages lost during the 2018-2019 government shutdown.

September 9, 2019 Press Release

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September 2, 2019 In The News

A sea of purple shirts, white carnations, and pro-labor signs flooded Copley Square Monday as labor leaders, advocates, and union members gathered for the yearly Labor Day March.

The jubilant crowd in front of Trinity Church, numbering in the hundreds, chanted and cheered along with two emcees, invited speakers, and guest musical performances before marching to Boston Common shortly after 1 p.m.

July 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In an op-ed published today in Teen Vogue, Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) highlight the economic benefits of closing the gender wage gap by raising the federal minimum wage for women across the United States.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In an op-ed published today in The Hill, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and 32BJ Service Employees International Union President Hector Figueroa highlight the progress made toward securing back pay for as many as 580,000 federal contract workers who missed more than a month of pay during the government shutdown—including food service, janitorial and security workers.

June 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON  – Today, the House Appropriations Committee announced that HR 3055, a critical government spending package, will include money for federal contract workers who were not paid during the 35-day partial government shutdown.  Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) introduced HR 678, Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Federal Contractor Employees Act in January to provide back pay to as many as an estimated 580,000 workers who went