Consumer Protections / Workers' Rights

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How You Can Resist
How You Can Resist

Actions Taken by the Federal Government
Laws Proposed by Congress

Legislative Actions

Legislation that Supports Equity and Justice

  • S. 337 The FAMILY Act is a bill that entitles every individual to a family and medical leave insurance benefit nationwide, currently it is limited only to states with enacted legislation. The bill will grant up to 60 days of paid leave and the language is gender neutral.[1]
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  • H.R. 179 / S. 175 The Miners Protections Act of 2017 is legislation that would ensure that the federal government and coal operators honor their obligation of lifetime pensions and health benefits to retired miners and their families.
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Harmful Legislation

  • H.J. Res. 41 repeals a regulation by the SEC as part of the Dodd-Frank Act, requiring energy companies to disclose payments made to foreign governments.[2]
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  • HR 785 National Right to Work Act would reduce Union resources from which to collective bargain for both members and nonmembers.
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  • HR 1031 targets the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Dodd-Frank by removing consumer protections and regulations.
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See also the State and Local Pages for state-by-state legislative tracking.

Attempted Undermining of Unions

  • By law, unions are required to collectively bargain on behalf of both member and nonmember workers. Right to Work laws allow a state to prohibit unions from collecting fees from nonmembers to reduce contributions to help cover the costs of bargaining.[3]
  • Without the resources to support both members and nonmembers, union impact falls and a consequence is reduced wages in Right to Work states compared to states without the law.[4]
  • Right to Work laws have nothing to do with the right to have a job or be provided employment. Right to Work laws have nothing to do with whether people can be forced to join a union to contribute to a political cause they do not support; that is already illegal. [5]
  • Go to your State and Local Pages to see if your state is trying pass a Right to Work law.

Overtime Pay Protections

  • An Obama administration regulation required employers to pay workers earning $47,476 or less time-and-a-half overtime pay for the overtime hours they worked. In November, a judge struck it down, keeping the amount at $23,660 or less to earn time-and-a-half overtime pay.[6]
  • Trump shows indications that he may raise the amount of money you have to earn below in order for your employer to be required to pay overtime, but not to what Obama was suggesting to roughly keep pace with inflation. One-third of salaried employees would have been eligible for overtime with the $913 threshold that Obama had created.[7]

Minimum Wage

  • Trump has sent mixed messages regarding the federal minimum wage, at one point calling for eliminating the federal minimum wage and at another point supporting increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.[8] Trump's attitudes regarding the minimum wage are of particular concern for people with disabilities, who are currently allowed to be paid a sub-minimum wage.[9]
  • Nineteen states began 2017 with increased minimum wages:[10]

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  • Minimum wage legislation can also be raised in your state. Go to State and Local Pages to see what your state is doing.

SNAP Benefits

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps people buy healthy food.
  • Trump has shown that he will act against key protections for Americans like SNAP with comments that the program "shouldn't be needed often", and that "when half of food-stamp recipients have been on the dole for nearly a decade, something is clearly wrong, and some of if has to do with fraud."[11]