Did you know too many retirement fund financial advisors aren't subject to a strong fiduciary standard? A fiduciary standard would require these advisers to put your interests ahead of theirs. You'd think we could take such a thing for granted when we consult with financial advisers, but, alas, no, because forcing financial advisers to work for their customers and not just for themselves would be BIG GUMMINT INTERFERENCEZ!!!!! or something. Look, when people don't do what they're supposed to do, what a civilized society expects them to do, then the law needs to step in and make them do it. It's really not that hard, unless you're a right-wing ideologue pretending to be concerned about advisors being "pushed out" of the retirement fund business, as if you deserve to be in any business if you're hurting your customers. Anyway, the Department of Labor is working on a strong fiduciary standard, but Wall Street banksters are working just as hard to kill it, so Americans for Financial Reform helps you tell the DOL to make sure financial advisers work for us, not against us.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia recently became the 17th U.S. city to enact a paid sick leave law, but America is still the only developed nation on Earth that doesn't have a federal paid sick leave law, because we're Americans, dammit, and we don't need no Big Gummint telling us what to do! Except that, of course, we are the government, so that's like saying we don't need us telling us what to do. And most business leaders have come around to the idea that paid sick leave laws actually save businesses money in employee turnover and lost money from workers making each other and customers sick. Of course, as I've said, since that saved money doesn't go right into a CEO's pocket, big corporate lobbies don't see the point in it. I think that's literally the problem, actually, and not just my snide rendering of it. But Sen. Murray (D-WA) and Rep. DeLauro (D-CT) have reintroduced the Healthy Families Act (H.R. 932/S. 497), and Moms Rising helps you tell your Congressfolk to support paid sick leave so businesses can save money and workers can take care of themselves without losing their jobs.
Finally, USPIRG joins with MoveOn to help you tell the CEO of McDonald's to stop using meat routinely treated with antibiotics. Why? The vast majority of antibiotics in America go not to sick people or sick animals, but to healthy animals, so they can produce more meat and withstand squalid conditions at factory farms. Of course, abusing antibiotics creates more superbugs, which then makes antibiotics less effective, to the point where the World Health Organization has sounded the alarm that we could be entering a "post-antibiotic age" where the next cut you get could kill you. We've been trying to get our government to do something about it, but they've done little, so what better place to go next than the fast-food chain that's served "billions and billions" of burgers? Seriously, if McDonald's were to commit to antibiotic-free meat (that is, meat from animals who only receive antibiotics when they're actually sick), a big chunk of the meat market would improve right away, and the other fast-food corporations would feel pressure to follow suit. And that would be a big deal.