Labor Day and Worker Justice
In honor of the U.S. celebration of workers and organized labor, Labor Day, (comparable to May Day in many nations), here are a few of the bills in the U.S. Congress that will affect workers and/or businesses:
- H.R. 2, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. This act was passed by both the House and the Senate. It incrementally raises the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour, with the final stage taking place in July 2009.
- S.367, the Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act. This act prohibits the “import, export, and sale of goods made with sweatshop labor”
- S.766, the Paycheck Fairness Act, “to provide more effective remedies of victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex”
- H.R. 2442, the Rural America Job Assistance and Creation Act, “To provide job creation and assistance”
- H.R. 2132, the Small Business Health Plans Act of 2007
- H.R. 1012, the Small Business Growth Act of 2007
You can read the full bills at the links, then, like good citizens, write, phone, or email your Congressional Reps. and Senators and tell them what you think of each. In the case of the Fair Minimum Wage Act, I plan on contacting the White House and urging President Bush not to veto the bill, then contact Congress and tell them to be prepared to override a veto if necessary.
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