Long story short: tell our FTC to ban noncompete agreements, tell our CFPB to outlaw credit card junk fees, tell our CFPB to break up Wells Fargo, tell our FTC to stop the proposed Kroger/Albertsons merger, and tell our government to ensure prisoners also enjoy the benefits of any junk fee bans. Use the email/petition tools in the following paragraphs to communicate your will.
Demand Progress helps you tell our Federal Trade Commission (or FTC) to ban noncompete clauses in employment contracts. These clauses keep folks from working for any sort of competitor even after they leave a job, but Jesus Mary and Joseph shouldn’t people get to decide that on their own, without having some corporations do it for them? Noncompetes supposedly prevent employees from betraying their old employers’ trade secrets, but guess what? There are already laws against that! And here you thought conservatism was all about shedding unnecessary laws! Turns out that’s a liberal’s job, as usual – and if we speak out, our FTC, which seems already inclined to do our will, might actually do our will.
More Perfect Union helps you tell our Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (or CFPB) to outlaw credit card junk fees. Our CFPB does actually seem inclined to take action on the matter – their proposed rule would limit credit card late fees to $8, which would cover a bank’s actual costs, rather than whatever phantasmagorial costs they insist require $30 and $50 late fees. But you also know that banksters will be submitting their comments full of bad arguments and half-truths, so we’ve got to be there with the actual truth. And then, perhaps, this particular income-redistribution-upward scheme can die the death it richly deserves. It’s not so damn much to ask.
Americans for Financial Reform helps you tell our Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (or CFPB) to break up bankster corporations Wells Fargo, while Inequality Media helps you tell our Federal Trade Commission (or FTC) to stop the proposed Kroger-Albertsons merger. The first alert helps you tell our government to break up a corporation that’s already doing us harm – Wells Fargo has been illegally assessing junk fees and opening accounts folks don’t want for many years now – while the latter action alert helps you stop a corporation from becoming so big it’ll do us harm. A Kroger-Albertsons merger would create the second-biggest grocery corporation in America, which means lost jobs and fewer choices, so let’s not have that.
Finally, Daily Kos helps you tell our government that any program reducing or eliminating junk fees must apply to folks in prison as well. Because they’re otherwise in no position to fight back! I know a lot of people will hear this and say well if they don’t like it they shouldn’t have done the crime, but that’s glib and asinine. Being civilized requires that we avoid cruelty, after all. And when someone injures our civilization, and we demand restitution for that injury, should we keep heaping on additional forms of “restitution” just to look tough? No, we should not. So let’s do our duty as civilized people.