The Department of Labor is taking public comments on its proposal to expand the ceiling for overtime pay to $50,400 annually, and CREDO helps you leave that comment. You can change and/or expand the comment CREDO has pre-written for you, if you think we should raise that ceiling even further, so that workers making less than $69,000 annually are eligible to earn time-and-a-half whenever they work more than 40 hours in a week (or eight hours in a day). If we raised the ceiling that high, we'd come close to getting as many workers eligible for overtime as were eligible in 1975. And why not demand more than you think you'll get? Just because President Obama doesn't do it doesn't mean we can't, and (as any Republican will tell you!) it's about the only way to get real progress in America. You can also ask the Department of Labor to close loopholes that allow corporations to evade paying overtime to their workers -- like the loophole that allows fast-food corporations to classify their workers as managers even though they spend the vast majority of their time at a cash register and certainly don't make manager money.
Meanwhile, the EPA and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (or NHTSA) have proposed stricter fuel efficiency standards for the trucks that haul food and other products across America, and the Pew Charitable Trusts help you tell the EPA and NHTSA to enact the most vigorous standards possible. This should be a no-brainer, since greater fuel efficiency in the trucks that haul all our stuff cross-country means lower fuel bills for the corporations that sell that stuff. Naturally, the oil industry will tell you differently -- that the auto manufacturers who have to redesign and refit the trucks so that they're more fuel-efficient will pass the costs of doing so on to the corporations that buy those trucks and ship our stuff, which means they'll pass those costs on to you. Do you recognize that argument? Yes, you do: it's a manufactured hostage crisis, where the oil corporations say don't make trucks more fuel-efficient or the low prices get it! Of course, buying trucks is a one-time cost, whereas fueling them isn't, so corporations will save money every time they fill up -- but saying so would ruin a hostage situation, wouldn't it?
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell Congress to expand, not cut, Social Security benefits, then CREDO still helps you do that. Your Congressfolk, who like telling you that something you've worked for and paid into your whole life as a "handout," will no doubt tell you that that with the economy and all this is no time to talk about expanding Social Security benefits, and their "liberal" media enablers will no doubt agree. But, as my grandmother might say, they're all completely full of soup. We could expand Social Security benefits simply by applying the payroll tax to income over $119,000 annually -- certainly we wouldn't need to destroy the disability end of Social Security, which is the Republicans' preferred goal. Don't buy their divide-and-conquer games, either -- Social Security fraud isn't rampant, and saying those people are making all that money because their back hurts! is just a way of obscuring that we are all one serious accident away from needing Social Security disability ourselves, at which point, presumably, we'll be more sanguine about the other people on it. If we're not decadent, that is.