I said I'd post action alerts about the Labor Department's proposed rule allowing bosses to steal tips from tipped employees, and here they are: one from the National Employment Law Project and one from CREDO. I wish I were exaggerating about this proposed rule, but I'm not: the rule would allow restaurants to force tipped employees to share their tips with non-tipped employees, but would literally allow managers to collect those tips without forcing them to give them out, which means the Labor Department would let bosses keep tips. Must be a drafting error, right? Remember what Tha Bush Mobb taught us: that too many malicious folks hide behind "incompetence." And remember that your comments mean something, even if Executive branch agencies insist (as the FCC has done) that your comments are only worthy if they "add new facts" or "make serious legal arguments." This is America! You don't need to have a Master's Degree in Hifalutin to have an opinion worth hearing! And you certainly don't need a Master's Degree in Hifalutin to tell the Emperor he's got no damn clothes on. So get to commenting.
Meanwhile, S. 2147, the Butch Lewis Act of 2017, and H.R. 4444, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, would help undo the damage caused by the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014, which allows pension trustees to cut benefits in order to shore up pension shortfalls. Both bills would create a Pension Rehabilitation Administration (or PRA) within the Treasury Department (I know, it's Mr. Trump's Treasury, but it won't be forever), and the PRA's main job would be to sell T-bonds, loan the proceeds from those sales to pension funds -- and require that pension funds use the loaned money to keep benefits intact, rather than let them do whatever with it because "they know what they're doing." After all, that latter item is what a bad pension bill would do -- it'd allow pension trustees to steal the money and then refuse to do conduct oversight over their actions because TEH BIG GUMMNINT BAD!!!!! Hence the Pension Rights Center helps you tell your Congressfolk to support seniors' pensions by supporting S. 2147 and H.R. 4444.
Finally, Public Citizen helps you tell our government not to let chicken processing plants increase the speed at which they process chickens. Jesus Mary and Joseph the law already lets these plants force workers to process 140 birds per minute, so what more do they want? I kid, of course -- chicken processing corporation CEOs always want more money for themselves, which they imagine they can accomplish by forcing their workers to do even more work. Luckily for them, they have a President who only values other bosses, a man who thinks workers are less than dirt. Of course, you and I think differently of those workers, since only their honest labor stands between us and food poisoning from chickens with feces, bile, and blood in them. At least the plight of chicken processing workers (who are often denied bathroom breaks) does tend to make the nightly news, and not in a way that makes chicken processing corporations look good. So let's remind executives that greed always comes back to bite them in the rear.