Thursday, January 18 - LAST CHANCE - Phone Bank for the Dream Act / Volunteer at the Women’s March Saturday / Public Comment to Protect Tipped Workers

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: LAST CHANCE - Phone Bank for the Dream Act

  • Action 2: Volunteer at the Women’s March Saturday

  • Action 3: Submit a Public Comment to Keep Employers from Stealing Tips

 

Tools You Can Use

 

Action 1: LAST DAY - Phone Bank for the Dream Act

Congress must pass a continuing resolution by Friday to avoid a government shutdown, so we have less than one day to make sure Congress passes a clean Dream Act.

It is urgent that we organize and mobilize our community, including students, parents, teachers, and allies to phone bank for DACA recipients. Our representatives need to hear our loud and clear message that they are here to stay and that we need a clean Dream Act to pass NOW!

Today is the last day to attend a phone banking session where you can call registered voters and urge them to contact their representatives about the Dream Act!

Please bring your cell phone and headphones and if possible, a laptop/tablet (this makes it easier to read the call script). Charging cables or extra battery packs are recommended!

 

Action 2: Volunteer at the Women’s March Saturday

Can you believe it’s been a year since Trump’s Inauguration? The Women’s March to the Polls is coming up on Saturday, January 20 to commemorate the historic Women’s March last year and to let the country know that we’re ready to fight in the midterms this year!

To help ensure a positive, orderly environment at the March, we need as many volunteers as possible. Indivisible Chicago is looking for volunteers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the day of the march. Sign up to volunteer here!

 

Action 3: Submit a Public Comment to Keep Employers from Stealing Tips

Per Ben Winkler from MoveOn.org, the Trump administration has been cooking up a nasty attack on workers: a new rule that says that tipped workers who get paid minimum wage can have their tips stolen by their employers.  

Here’s how the Trump rule works: if you’re a tipped worker making under $7.25 an hour, you can keep your tips. If you make $7.25 an hour or more, your employer can keep them. That means workers in all the states that have eliminated the ugly lower minimum wage tier—sometimes called “the minimum wage for women” because so few of those earning it are men—could see their employers legally take their tips. According to the Economic Policy Institute, women would lose $4.6 billion in earned tips if the administration’s ‘tip stealing’ rule is finalized.

To be clear: the system built around tipping absolutely sucks. Current minimum wage for tipped workers? $2.13 an hour. Learn more about why the current system is the worst. The Fight for 15 movement has been making headway in the fight for fair wages for tipped workers. The success of this activism is making the "other NRA"—the National Restaurant Association—angry. So they're pulling strings in the Trump administration to punish employees who have the temerity to demand a living wage. Right now, longstanding rules block employers from taking their employees' tips.

For this administration, anything that gives power to working people needs to be punished. So tip stealing is on the road to approval by the Trump administration, but the rule is open to public comment. Your comment is unlikely to change the immediate outcome, but if the admin doesn't address public input in its final rule, that creates space for lawsuits later. So it’s time to weigh in!

Click here to submit a public comment on the wage-stealing rule. Be aware that everything filed is public, so others will be able to see your name and address.

Suggested Comments (please edit to make them your own): This proposed rule change amounts to unethical wage theft. According to the Economic Policy Institute, women would lose $4.6 billion in earned tips if this rule is finalized. Workers should keep 100% of the money they earn through their labor.



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