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What’s Going on with Overtime? Glad you Asked.

Earlier this week, the Department of Labor proposed an update to outdated overtime rules that could benefit millions of hard-working Americans. You may have a lot of questions about what the proposal is and how it might affect you and your family. Here are the answers to those questions (after the jump). 

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Have You Met Dawn? The Reason We Need New Overtime Rules

Let me introduce you to Dawn. Dawn’s employer, Dollar General, hasn’t paid her a living wage for the hours she has worked because an outdated rule about who is eligible for overtime pay said they didn’t have to. And Dawn’s not alone. An estimated 15 million workers should be getting overtime, but aren’t.

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Supreme Court Ruling on Fair Housing a Win for Workers Everywhere

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a major win for working families, ruling that housing discrimination does not have to be intentional in order to be illegal. Victims of housing discrimination may now bring a complaint when there is clear evidence that a housing provider intended to discriminate, or when a practice or policy that is not intentionally discriminatory has a negative impact on a particular group of people, like people of color or persons with disabilities. Wages have remained stagnant for decades, and today, too, many middle- and working-class families are locked out of buying a house or renting affordable housing because of discrimination. This decision by the court helps ensure that working families will have access to safe and affordable housing across the country.

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Working Families Demand Restoration of Voting Rights Act

Working Families Demand Restoration of Voting Rights Act

In Roanoke, Va., part of the district of Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R), working families joined with a broad coalition of activists and concerned Americans to demand restoration of the Voting Rights Act, key provisions of which were struck down by the Supreme Court two years ago. Here are some of the key tweets from those in attendance.

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It’s Great to See Progress of Transportation Legislation in the Senate

This week, under the dedicated leadership of Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman James Inhofe and Sen. Barbara Boxer, the ranking member of the committee, the DRIVE Act (Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act) advanced.

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Trumka Asserts King v. Burwell Decision an Important Victory

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell.

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It's Not Just About Jobs, Hyundai, It's About Quality Jobs

It's Not Just About Jobs, Hyundai, It's About Quality Jobs

Workers at the Lear plant in Selma, Ala., make foam seat cushions for car manufacturer Hyundai. The plant just celebrated its 10-year anniversary and the media has been praising Hyundai for bringing jobs to the area. But the problem is that many of those jobs, particularly the supplier jobs, don't offer good wages or working conditions.

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Want to Fix the Economy? How About Addressing Mass Incarceration

In the latest video on how to improve the American economy, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich lays out the case that addressing the current problems with mass incarceration would be a good place to start. He says our unjust criminal system is racist, it's destructive, it doesn't make us safer and it's a disaster for our economy. Watch the video to learn more.

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The President’s Trade Deal Struggles Because It’s Bad Policy

The President’s Trade Deal Struggles Because It’s Bad Policy

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a 12-country, NAFTA-style trade deal with two serious problems. It doesn’t work and it’s bad for democracy.

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Fast Track: Where Are We Now? Take II

Fast Track: Where Are We Now? Take II

The Rise of the Zombie Fast Track Bill.

Fast Track passed the House, but it is now being sent back to the Senate. The fight isn’t over.

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