Consumers Union helps you tell your Senators to reject efforts to weaken fuel economy standards. You may well be asking yourself: self, who sits at home and says you know what would be great? If gas cost more and our cars polluted more? Apparently, the answer would be the bipartisan group of five Senators who co-sponsored S. 1273, the so-called Fuel Economy Harmonization Act. So how does S. 1273 weaken fuel economy standards? Automakers get credits for exceeding fuel economy standards, and S. 1273 would allow them to increase the number of years they can use those credits to offset their performance in years they don't comply with the standards so well. S. 1273 would also dramatically increase the size of these credits over the years, doubling them in the short term and tripling them by 2022. The end result: cars that cost more to fill up and get fewer miles to the gallon. To think that people actually get rich coming up with crap like this! But we'll see how rich they are when they meet their Maker.
Meanwhile, H.R. 2942/S. 1386, the Schedules That Work Act, would require employers to give their employees their work schedule two weeks in advance, and pay employees more when they change their shift at the last minute or send them home because there's not enough work to do. The bill would also ensure that employees can request a schedule change without retaliation, and force employers to honor these requests if they can't come up with a business-related reason to deny it. Haters should note well that final phrase -- employers could still deny schedule change requests, just not merely because they feel like it. I know to some folks this'll all sound like we're handcuffing a business's ability to make money, but we're not -- if you're a manager, and you can't tell what your scheduling needs are in advance, then you're not a very good manager, and why should workers be made to compensate for a manager's incompetence? Hence the National Women's Law Center helps you tell your Congressfolk to support more stable work scheduling for working families by supporting the Schedules that Work Act.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to protect the Johnson Amendment, which prevents churches from endorsing or campaigning directly for particular candidates, then Food and Water Watch helps you do that. You may recall that one of the biggest pitfalls of repealing the Johnson Amendment -- that big corporations could simply use churches to launder campaign donations to particular candidates in complete secrecy. You would be appalled, I would think, not just at the physical corruption in such a scenario, but the spiritual corruption as well -- a church that would agree to do that would become rotten to its core, and perhaps worse, would become a slave to a particular politician's or donor's wishes. Churches should not be subservient, and the best way to avoid that pitfall is for them to do their necessary work from outside the electioneering process. This is also why I tell folks not to "support" politicians and hope they'll do the right thing, but to make politicians do the right thing, regardless of allegiance.