Jun. 13, 2012
Oppose efforts to block DOL funds on homecare minimum wage and guestworker rules - call your Senator
As incredible as it sounds, some Senators want to block funds from the Department of Labor to stop enforcement of critical worker-protective rules: first, a rule to ensure that home health care workers get paid minimum wage and overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours a week; and second, a rule to ensure that U.S. workers are recruited for seasonal jobs at decent wages in the H-2B guestworker program, and that temporary guestworkers are not subject to human rights and labor abuses.
Tomorrow the Senate Appropriations Committee will meet. They need to hear from you now.
Homecare workers: Unbelievable! A few Senators want to deny workers who care for our parents, grandparents and sick relatives the protection of a $7.25 per hour minimum wage. Tell your Senators to oppose any amendment to delay or block rules to provide home care workers with basic wage and hour protections. As Americans grow older we need a stronger home care workforce to make sure that our loved ones are well cared for. We need to be fair to those who care.
H-2B program: Unconscionable! Senators want to deny unemployed U.S. workers a fair opportunity to obtain jobs at decent wages before an employer is allowed to import temporary foreign guest workers and guarantee that the wages and working conditions of employed U.S. workers are not undercut by the employment of guest workers at less than the prevailing wage. Further, they would erase new reforms intended to ensure that guestworkers are not subjected to severe forms of labor abuse, including trafficking. Tell your Senators to oppose any amendment to deny funding to enforce these crucial guestworker rules.
CALL YOUR SENATOR TODAY: The Senate switchboard will connect you with the Senators from your state - simply call 877-736-1983. You can also call Majority Staff (Sen. Inouye D-HI) at 202-224-7363 and Minority Staff (Sen. Cochran R-MS) at 202-224-7257, to register your opinion.
Tell your senator to oppose any amendment that would block or delay the DOL rules on minimum wage and overtime for home care workers and would deny funding to enforce DOL guestworker rules.