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NE Governor Heineman and Congressional Delegation, Stop bullying refugee children!Governor Heineman and most of the Nebraska Congressional Delegation want to reveal the identities of child refugees sent to Nebraska (and the families caring for them) merely for political gain. Can you imagine the fear this must cause for those knocking at our door for help? Please sign this petition asking our elected officials to take a step back and represent our values.
Take Texas Back From ALEC!ALEC skirts the law restricting lobbying activities and gifts to politicians, and pushes its ideologically driven agenda through model bills that put corporate profits and the right-wing agenda before the needs of working people. What are just some of the laws that ALEC and Laubenberg have promoted, and in many cases, already imposed on Texans? • Stand your Ground Bill • Voter ID Bill • Women’s Sonogram Bill • Sanctuary Cities Bill • Anti-ACA Legislation These actions are hurting millions of Texans, undermining public education, damaging our environment, cutting off access to healthcare, and making our streets, homes and workplaces less safe.
Sharon Sund for Congress: Student Loan ReformOur children are our future. We are stronger as a nation when we support hard work and dedication that will enable young people to build strong foundations for their lives. College has historically been part of a path to opportunity and achieving the American dream. But in the past decades, tuition rates have skyrocketed–much faster than inflation–and costs have been shifted to students. Young adults are starting their lives under the weight of crippling debt. It is outrageous that when the banks were struggling we came together as a nation to keep them afloat, but as our students stumble under the weight of trillions of dollars of debt we are turning our backs on them. We are calling on members of Congress to support affordable college by immediately reducing the interest rates student loans to the same low rates afforded to banks.
Pass the EPA's Clean Power PlanThe Clean Power Plan is the first proposal that will reduce the carbon emissions of already existing power plants, the single largest carbon pollution producers, who account for one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions. According to EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, the new plan will "[leverage] cleaner energy sources and [cut] energy waste" and "it will clean the air we breathe while slowing climate change". Furthermore, McCarthy says that "We don't have to choose between a healthy economy and a healthy environment," the Clean Power Plan "will sharpen America's competitive edge, spur innovation, and create jobs." The proposed regulations will make power plants more efficient and less polluting. By 2030, it will cut carbon emissions in the power sector by 30% nationwide below 2005 levels. It will avoid up to 6,600 premature deaths and shrink electricity bills by roughly 8 percent. The Clean Power Plan will be implemented through a state-federal partnership, adjusting itself to work best for the environmental situation that is unique to each state. States that have already invested in energy-efficient programs are free and able to build upon these programs. Plans are due by June 2016.
Pass Michigan's Pay Equity PackageOn June 5th, Representatives Peter Pettalia, Ben Glardon, and Roger Victory posed with issues of Glamour Magazine on the House Floor. Rep. Pettalia then told a Michigan Public Radio reporter, "Don't tell us we don't understand women." The Representatives have backpedaled, claiming that it was a "light-hearted joke," but there is nothing funny about the real challenges Michigan women face. In response, Michigan women, including at least one female member of the Republican caucus, have demanded an apology from the three representatives. But apologies aren't enough. Michigan women deserve real action to right the inequalities they face every day. That action should start with passing the Pay Equity Package that is currently stuck in the House Government Operations Committee. According to House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel's website, this package of bills would: • Prohibit an employer from failing to provide equal compensation for work of comparable value for several reasons, including sex (House Bill 4518 - Rep. Gretchen Driskell) • Create penalties for employers who pay different wages to men and women who are “similarly situated” – employees with similar qualifications, experience, etc. (HB 4519 - Hovey-Wright) • Create a state commission on pay equity (HB 4517 – Rep. Dian Slavens) • Require an employer to provide, at an employee’s request, wage information for “similarly situated employees” (HB 4516 – Rep. Collene Lamonte)
Walmart Chair Rob Walton: Step DownSam Walton’s heirs have become the 1 percent of the 1 percent by using Walmart as a family ATM. They’re worth more than $144 billion, and they rake in billions more each year. Meanwhile, Walmart workers are struggling to feed their families with poverty wages, working women are concealing their pregnancies because the company refuses to make accommodations for their health, and workers who speak out for change are subject to brutal retaliation. Walmart needs to do better for ALL the families that depend on it. But as long as the Waltons control the company’s board, they can silence anyone who doesn’t think Walmart’s first responsibility is to make them richer. It’s time for real accountability at Walmart – we need someone who isn’t a Walmart heir to oversee the company’s board. Tell the Waltons – allow an independent chair of the board.
Raise the minimum wage to $15 in ChicagoFormer Labor Secretary Robert Reich has been making the case for a $15 minimum wage, and I agree with him. He argues that businesses will see more customers and workers will have more money in their pocket. A new study from Raise Chicago shows how a $15 minimum wage would boost our city’s economy. It would raise overall wages in Chicago by as much as $1.5 billion, create 5,300 new jobs and $43 million in new tax revenue, and even reduce job turnover. Our plan would phase in the increase over a few years, giving our local and small businesses time to adjust.
Raise the minimum wage to $13.00/hr in Spokane, WAOut of all developed nations, the United States has the most unequal distribution of wealth. Middle class wages have remained stagnant, while the top 1% have seen 95% of the gains. Raising the minimum wage is one of the best ways to combat income inequality and give Americans a raise.
Pass California Fracking Moratorium NowLast year, under pressure from the oil industry, the California Legislature failed to pass a moratorium on fracking. Since then, fracking has continued to expand in California, putting our communities, our water supply and the environment at risk. Now we have another chance to pass a fracking moratorium bill. Senators Holly Mitchell and Mark Leno introduced SB 1132, a strong moratorium bill that, if passed, will protect California from fracking and other dangerous well stimulation techniques. Thanks to Californians across the state, we had another victory when the Appropriations Committee voted yes on SB 1132 and and the bill now goes to the floor of the State Senate. Now is the time to act and get all our State Senators to support a California fracking moratorium. (And it's not to early to get our State Assembly members on board as well.) We have a real opportunity to pass a moratorium this year. The oil industry will spend huge amounts of money and political capital fighting this bill, so we need your help today. If you live in California, please sign the petition, post on Facebook and email the link to all your California friends.
President Obama: Meet with Walmart WorkersLet’s make one thing absolutely clear: Walmart is the worst -- but they could be the best, super-charging our economy overnight by providing their workers with a living wage. Walmart pays their workers a median hourly wage of $8.80, but if Walmart raised its wages to $15 an hour, most of its workers and their families would be out of poverty, and those higher wages would flow back into the economy in the form of more purchases and more jobs. This is an accountability moment for President Obama and Walmart. That’s why my friends at Democracy for America and Making Change at Walmart are calling on the president to meet with Walmart workers to hear about their working conditions first-hand. I know just the person President Obama should meet. Pam Ramos works at the Walmart that President Obama visited in Mountain View, California. For years Pam has scraped by, paycheck to paycheck, eating potato chips for lunch so she can feed her kids and pay her bills. She lives out of her car and can barely afford a doctor for her medical conditions. Join us in telling President Obama: Meet with Walmart workers and hear about their working conditions first-hand -- then stand with them in asking Walmart to raise its wages. ------ My campaign was inspired by a petition started by Making Change at Walmart, which has attracted more than 200,000 signatures as of May 2014. Those signatures are included in this new joint campaign on YouPower, Democracy for America’s petition platform for progressive change. Legal Disclaimer: UFCW and OUR Walmart have the purpose of helping Walmart employees as individuals or groups in their dealings with Walmart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Walmart publicly commit to adhering to labor rights and standards. UFCW and OUR Walmart have no intent to have Walmart recognize or bargain with UFCW or OUR Walmart as the representative of Walmart employees.
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 in Prescott, AZOut of all developed nations, the United States has the most unequal distribution of wealth. Middle class wages have remained stagnant, while the top 1% have seen 95% of the gains. Raising the minimum wage is one of the best ways to combat income inequality and give Americans a raise.
Seattle City Council: Raise the minimum wage to $15 for allToo many people in Seattle are living in poverty despite holding down a job. Our state’s minimum wage is not enough to afford rent, school, and the other high costs of living in our city. As former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has argued: If the minimum wage of 1968 stayed even with inflation over the last 45 years, it would be about $15 today. The current minimum wage isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. They and their families need a higher minimum. Nearly 70% of Seattle residents support a $15 minimum wage, according to a January poll -- the same rate that voters in SeaTac adopted last fall. Big business is now mobilizing to stop it. Their plan: to use local small businesses as the public face of a campaign to create new loopholes and exemptions. They want to protect corporate profits and exclude many workers from the $15 minimum wage. Seattle has an opportunity to lead the nation to a wage that lifts workers out of poverty. Let’s set a bold new standard and raise the wage to $15 in Seattle!