Talking Points & Resources: Workplace Justice

Workplace Justice

Here are a few points to focus on when talking to your member of Congress, as well as additional resources where you can learn more. We encourage you to personalize this information with your own stories and experiences, so your representatives understand the impact their choices will have on you.

Supporting Working Families

Republicans in Congress are moving legislation that is designed to take away much-needed pay and benefits from working families.      

  • In the House, they recently passed the misleadingly titled “Working Families Flexibility Act,” which would allow employers to take away employees’ overtime pay and instead give them “comp time”—paid time off that employees can only use if it is convenient for their employer.
  • And now Republicans are working with corporate lobbyists to craft a bill that would effectively gut state and local paid sick days laws by allowing corporations to opt out of these laws if they meet weak, minimal paid time off standards.
  • To top it off, the Trump Administration is threatening to take away new overtime protections put in place under the Obama Administration—which could make millions of working people lose their right to receive  overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week.  

These policies aren’t about supporting working families; they are about padding the coffers of big corporations. What working families really need is higher pay, fair work schedules, and strong paid sick day protections.

  • Tell your Members of Congress to REJECT the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (H.R. 1180) and any paid sick days opt-out bill and insist that they SUPPORT
    • The Schedules That Work Act (H.R. 2942/S. 1386), which gives employees a voice in their work schedules and makes their schedules more predictable and stable.
    • The Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 15/S. 1242), which gradually raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
    • The FAMILY Act (H.R. 273/S. 337) and the Healthy Families Act (H.R. 1516/S. 636), which guarantee paid family and medical leave and paid sick days.
    • The strong overtime protections established by the Obama Administration, which would  ensure that  working people who are paid modest salaries are entitled to overtime pay when they work overtime hours.


Protecting Equal Pay Data Collection

  • Congress and the Trump Administration are trying to dismantle an Obama Administration equal pay data collection initiative that shines a light on race and gender wage gaps.
  • Collecting pay data from corporations helps the agencies responsible for enforcing equal pay laws detect pay discrimination. It also ensures companies are measuring race and gender wage gaps and encourages them to take action to correct these pay disparities.
  • But corporate interests are pressuring the government to keep pay data hidden—and so far they’re winning. Earlier this year, business groups urged the White House to roll back the pay data collection. And in July, the House Appropriations Committee voted to defund the pay data collection. The full House and Senate could vote on it in the coming weeks.

Tell Members of Congress to:

  • Vote against any attempts to defund the pay data collection. Voting to defund the pay data collection is a vote against equal pay.
  • Support the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 819/H.R. 1869), which would update and strengthen our equal pay laws to make it easier to uncover and challenge pay discrimination.
  • Tell the Trump Administration to protect the pay data collection.


Supporting LGBTQ Workplace Equality

  • The Trump Administration is going to court to argue that employers have the right to fire employees simply because they are gay, and is seeking to ban transgender people from military service.  At work, everyone deserves to be judged based on the job they do—nothing more and nothing less—including gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.
  • Ask your Member of Congress to support the Equality Act, which would provide LGBTQ people clear protections from discrimination at work, at school, in housing, and elsewhere.
  • Tell the Trump Administration that its fight for the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people is contrary to American values, and take steps to block its efforts to promote discrimination.


Published On: July 31, 2017

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