Remember last year's viral campaign ad? The one that
the f*#k up?" America woke up, sort of, and then went right back to
sleep. So I'm telling everyone who is an employee, and everyone who depends on
an employee for their food, clothing and shelter, to wake back up.
Workers are under attack in a major way right now. There are terrible laws
pending that will gut the few protections employees have in America. Need I say
which party is proposing them? Probably not. Here are some laws that you should
tell your legislators to vote no on. Tell them today. I'm serious.
Anti-overtime law: It sounds so sweet. So appealing. Don't be fooled.
It's a trick. The Working
Families Flexibility Act is as anti-working-family as you can get. The
folks trying to push this one say that it will allow employees to
"voluntarily" choose to take a comp day instead of being paid time
and a half for overtime. These are the same folks that say forcing employees to
sign arbitration agreements and jury trial waivers in consideration of
continued employment constitutes "voluntary" agreement. Employers
will shove "Voluntary Comp Time Agreements" in front of all new
employees faster than you can say, "in the pocket of corporate
lobbyists." If you want to give up all your overtime, then stay asleep.
Otherwise, wake up!
Anti-prevailing wage laws: In Florida,
bills are pending that would gut prevailing wage laws. These are laws that
require government contractors to pay a higher wage than the state or federal
minimum wage in areas with higher costs of living. The bill in Florida would
result in a 40% pay cut for some workers. Can you afford a 40% pay cut. No?
Then wake up!
Right to work laws: This sounds like justice personified. Everyone
should have the right to work, right? Wrong. It's one of those Orwellian
names that means the opposite of what it says. It doesn't change the at-will
doctrine that exists in 49 states, saying you can be fired for any reason,
including your boss's bad mood. Instead, it is intended to gut the unions.
Legislation is pending in Congress and in many states. It's bad stuff. Read
my article on this topic here.
Anti-paid sick leave: Efforts to deny local governments the right to
pass ordinances requiring paid sick leave have popped up all over. A corporate
lobbying group is behind it. Watch for these laws in your state, and call
and write your legislators to vote no if your state is being targeted.
Pro wage-theft: I wrote a couple weeks ago about the efforts to legalize
wage theft in Florida. Here's
my post on this.
How idiotic are these laws? Well, they certainly aren't pro-family, are they? I
wonder who will buy all the products and visit the travel destinations of the
corporations who support anti-employee laws once American employees are
bankrupted. I fear we may find out soon enough if we don't stand up and fight
while we can.
These are just a few of the many anti-worker laws that have proliferated this
year so far. I bet you can think of some more. If you hear of legislation that
is pending in your state or in Congress that Americans need to wake up over, let me know in the comments section and I'll be glad to do
my part to spread the word [Ed. note: please go to the original post to direct comments to the author].
See more employment law posts on Donna
Ballman's blog, Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home.
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