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March 7, 2014
With our federal minimum wage stuck at $7.25 an hour, too many people working full-time can’t afford to take care of their families and make ends meet. While the cost of living in America continues to rise, big profitable corporations are choosing not to increase their employees’ pay.
The Fair Minimum Wage Act would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, raise pay for tipped workers and tie the minimum wage to inflation. This bill would give a much-needed boost to 30 million workers, jump-start our economy and take an important step toward ending poverty wages.
Your voice really matters here: lobbyists representing big fast food and retail companies are counting on Representatives John Boehner and Eric Cantor to prevent a vote on this bill. But with just 218 signatures, the Fair Minimum Wage Act can have its day on the House floor.
February 13, 2014
TV host Mike Rowe, a longtime champion for working people in our country, is the voice of Walmart’s new PR stunt that promises to bring back American manufacturing by putting more U.S.-made products on its shelves. Mike said he did the campaign because he wants to see Walmart succeed at helping rebuild our country. But we think that rebuilding needs to start with the company paying workers more than poverty wages.
Walmart workers like Janet Sparks understand that all too well – which is why they’re asking to sit down with Mike Rowe and talk about how Walmart can really change.
Will you write Mike Rowe and ask him to meet with Walmart workers? Send your email now >>
January 28, 2014
Given that we’re used to a slow moving Congress, it’s understandable that “Fast Track” legislation sounds promising. Unfortunately, Congress will soon consider “Fast Track,” which would limit debate and prevent amendments in Congress on trade deals. Such expedited authority would make it much easier to pass future trade agreements, including the proposed anti-worker Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
Jobs With Justice opposes “Fast Track” because it is a license to continue trade policies written by the 1% for the 1% without an ability to hold our country’s negotiators accountable for provisions that hurt working families.
Trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, drafted by special interests in the backrooms of power, should be subject to vigorous democratic debate. “Fast Track” limits Congress’ ability to oppose specific provisions within trade agreements that would never pass on their own. We know from the record of failed trade deals like NAFTA that these provisions have a devastating impact on workers and their communities.
Americans deserve a fair process that gives Congress the opportunity to influence trade deals and to send bad trade deals back to the negotiating table for improvement. If you agree, join with Jobs With Justice and groups across the country who are calling on Congress this week to say NO to fast track.
UPDATE – 2/6/14: Last week, hundreds of thousands of people across the country attended protests, rallies, and contacted their members of Congress to voice their opposition to any legislative attempts to fast track bad trade deals. In response, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) publicly confirmed he had no interest in advancing “Fast Track” legislation in the Senate, despite the Obama administration’s urging.
Unfortunately, there’s still momentum to rush through dangerous free-trade agreements in the House of Representatives.
Call your representatives at 202-224-3121 right now and tell them to vote NO on S.1900/H.R. 3830, the Baucus-Hatch-Camp “Fast Track” legislation. (You can look up them up here!)
Learn more about why fast track is bad policy below or in this must-read editorial by former House Democratic Whip and Jobs With Justice board member David Bonior.
December 7, 2013
Time and time again, when Walmart workers call on the company to address low wages, erratic schedules, paltry benefits, and unacceptable working conditions, the retail giant has silenced or outright fired them.
It’s unfair and illegal for Walmart to retaliate against its associates for speaking out for good jobs that support families. Over a million men and women work at Walmart and get paid such low wages that they can’t afford to put food on their tables. Walmart’s not just ripping off workers, they’re ripping off taxpayers by making their employees rely on food stamps and other public assistance.
We need to make our voices heard so that Walmart does right by its employees.