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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Tell Pres. Obama to stop wage theft

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Friend, congressional Republicans are looking to use an obscure tactic to deny 13.5 million U.S workers the right to receive overtime pay.

If the White House doesn't act quickly, Republicans might actually pull it off.

Sign the petition today calling on President Obama and the Department of Labor to urgently implement a new overtime rule that will increase workers’ wages.

NOTE: This petition is integrated with WhiteHouse.gov's "We The People" petition platform, which means that if we get 100,000 signatures the White House will send an official response. Please add your name today, and then click the confirmation email after signing.

This summer, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to implement a new overtime rule, which would raise the overtime salary threshold from $23,660 to $50,440—strengthening the right of 13.5 million additional workers to receive overtime pay and the right to earn a fair living. According to the Center for American Progress, new overtime rules would help ensure that Latino and Latina workers are being compensated for all the hours that they work. The reform would directly impact more than 2 million Latino and Latina workers, and nearly half of all Latina workers who are currently not getting overtime pay would be covered under the new rules.

Unfortunately, our opponents in Congress are eager to steal this victory from workers by running out the clock on President Obama. The Congressional Review Act dictates that all “major” rules are delayed for 60 legislative days after they are submitted to Congress and are subject to a “fast track” process for repeal. That process has to end before President Obama leaves office to guarantee a veto of any Congressional resolution of disapproval.

If the Labor Department does not act soon, Congress will reverse this critical protection for millions of workers.

Please sign the petition, and then click on the confirmation email, so that we receive an official response from the White House.

Thank you for all you do and ¡adelante!

– Matt, Favianna, Oscar, Erick, and the Presente.org team.

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