Amid allegations of systemic wage theft, Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Jeff Merkley issued a letter last week calling on General Dynamics (GDIT), a federal contractor that operates call centers handling inquiries about Medicare and the Affordable Care Act, to ensure that the company is not illegally underpaying its federally contracted call center employees or violating its employees' rights. CWA is helping workers at GDIT join together to fight wage theft and improve working conditions.
CWA has filed a complaint with the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, calling on the agency to investigate systemic wage theft at more than a dozen call centers. CWA estimates that GDIT may owe tens of thousands of current and former employees more than $100 million in back wages.
"We're not going to sit idly by and be treated as poorly as we've been treated," said Venus Nelson, an employee at GDIT's call center in Hattiesburg, MS. "We work hard, we deserve our pay, we deserve to be treated as fairly as anybody. And we're excited to have the support of Senators willing to stand with us."
Watch Senator Bernie Sanders' video of his meeting with GDIT employees here.