Fix Overtime Pay for America’s Workers
Target: Secretary Thomas Perez, U.S. Department of Labor
Millions of Americans have been working overtime and not getting paid for it. The U.S. Department of Labor just unveiled new overtime eligibility rules that will restore overtime protections that have been weakened over the years. Now it needs to hear from us to make sure these new overtime rules provide even stronger protection for working people.
STEP ONE: Know Your Rights
Federal and state laws guarantee the right to form unions. Eligible employees have the right to express their views on unions, to talk with their co-workers about their interest in forming a union, to wear union buttons and to attend union meetings. (Supervisors and a few other types of employees customarily are excluded from coverage.)
Despite these laws, many employers strongly resist their employees' efforts to gain a voice at work through unionization. So, before youstart talking union where you work, get in touch with a union that will help you organize.
STEP TWO: Find Out Which Union Is Right for You
To form a union on the job, you need the backup and hands-on help from the union you are seeking to join. If you don't already know which union is most able to help you, find out more about the unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO by visiting their websites. Many of these websites enable you to contact the right person there directly to help you form a union.
In communities across the country, the AFL-CIO has local and state councils where unions come together to work toward common goals. To find out about union activity in your community, visit the website of your state federation of labor or central labor council or check local directory assistance for this phone listing. Staff members at these offices can put you in touch with a local union that is right for you.
STEP THREE: Find Out About Working America
If forming a union with your coworkers isn’t a real possibility for you, you can still be a part of the union movement by joining Working America, the AFL-CIO’s community affiliate for people who don’t have a union at work.
STEP FOUR: Get in Touch with a Union Organizer
Union organizers assist employees in forming unions on the job to give them the same opportunity for a say at work, good wages and decent working conditions.
Worker Misclassification affects tens of thousands of workers around Georgia, every day. Whether they are truck drivers at the Port of Savannah, Stagehands at the Rock & Roll venues in Atlanta, or Construction workers across our State - this practice is widespread, and must end.
What is worker misclassification? Simply put - it occurs when a worker is paid as an independent contractor (1099), but is treated like an employee (told when to show up, what to do, what to wear, etc).
The result is hundreds of millions of dollars in lost wages and state tax revenues every year. Workers don't receive the same protection, workers compensation or unemployment insurance.
The vast majority of business owners are doing the right thing and following state law. However it is nearly impossible to discover the unscrupulous businesses, because there is currently no mechanism to report this practice.
We need you to contact your State Representative ask them to support House Bill 500 to further define in statute, worker misclassification. And to make sure there are adequate whistle-blower protections for the workers who would report this practice.
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