Big corporations are trying to stop millions of Americans from getting a raise.


money2President Obama and the U.S. Department of Labor are proposing to raise the overtime threshold — what you can be paid and still qualify for “time-and-a-half” beyond 40 hours per week — from $23,600 a year to $50,400. This is a BIG deal. Because of it, about 13 million workers will get a raise.

But if the National Retail Federation — which includes Walmart — has their way, workers might not ever see a dime of that extra overtime pay.

That’s because the National Retail Federation, the National Association of Home Builders, and other corporate lobbyists are trying to run out the clock. Their first step: get the Department of Labor to extend the public comment period by 90 more days.

If these corporate lobbyists succeed, they’ll stop the new overtime pay rules from taking effect before the holidays — and possibly delay implementation indefinitely.

That’s why it is important that you join Ohio NOW to stand up to these corporate lobbyists. 

It’s taken 40 years to increase overtime pay for American workers. We don’t need to wait any longer to finally give millions of workers the better wages they’ve earned.

Visit your Members of Congress at their Ohio offices during their recess from working in Washington, DC and let them know how you feel about overtime pay.  If you would like help making an appointment contact Anita Rios, President of Ohio NOW.

Title IX and VI UNDER FIRE!

stuebenville5Please consider signing on to our letter requesting that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) within the Department of Education issue guidance reminding schools of their obligations under Title IX and Title VI to address sex- and race-based harassment occurring on Yik Yak and other anonymous social media applications. Sign-ons can be requested from gburroughs@feminist.org.

As detailed in the letter, anonymous social media has become increasingly popular with college students, but some users of these applications have taken advantage of the perceived shield of anonymity to target women, racial minorities, and LGBTQ students with online harassment and threats, creating both a sexually and racially hostile environment on many college campuses.

This discriminatory behavior has been widely reported in the news, including incidents during the 2014-2015 school year at the University of Mary Washington, where female students were threatened with rape and other abuse via Yik Yak, and at Clemson University where racially abusive Yaks appeared after a student march protesting the failure to indict the police officer responsible for the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. These events, and others, underscore the urgent need for OCR to remind schools of their obligation to address all forms of sex- and race-based harassment, including online threats and harassment, that violate federal civil rights laws.

As many of you know, just this past May, the Feminist Majority Foundation, along with our campus affiliate group Feminists United on Campus and several individual students, filed a Title IX complaint with OCR against the University of Mary Washington based on the school’s handling of online harassment and threats of violence directed at members of Feminists United over the course of the 2014-2015 school year through Yik Yak. This problem is significantly widespread, however, to warrant OCR guidance that is specific to this newer form of technology. Race- and sex-based harassment that creates a hostile environment should not be tolerated simply because it has found a new home through these apps.

To sign on to the attached letter, please send an email to gburroughs@feminist.org by COB Friday, August 14 with your name and the name of your organization as you would like it listed.

Contact Gaylynn Burroughs,Director of Policy & Research, Feminist Majority Foundation  gburroughs@feminist.org

Health & Well-Being Reproductive Rights Violence & Safety

This third release in IWPR’s series, Status of Women in the States: 2015, analyzes data related to women’s health and safety, including health behaviors, mortality from chronic disease, access to reproductive health care, and exposure to violence.

Data is also highlighted on the accompanying interactive website, www.statusofwomendata.org, a tool for leaders and the public to access information at the state level. The site is also the most accessible, comprehensive source of state-level data on women of color in the United States. Visit:  www.statusofwomendata.org

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