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.