Topic

working families

3 petitions

Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to Paul Ryan, Charles Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi

Help Working Moms Who Breast Pump! - Keep Provision 207 in Affordable Care Act

There has been lots of political discussion around ending of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) for some time. Now that Republicans have taken control of Congress and the Senate it may soon be a reality.  The ACA carries many additional provisions like the Section 4207: Reasonable Break Time for Nursing Mothers. Major changes to or the repeal of the ACA will take these necessary rights away from nursing mothers and employers will no longer be obligated to enforce this law. Babies will also not benefit from the essential breast milk needed in the first year of life if mother's are not allowed to take breaks to breast pump. "President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on March 30, 2010. (See the combined full text of Public Laws 111-148 and 111-152 here.)  Among many provisions, Section 4207 of the law amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 (29 U.S. Code 207) to require an employer to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express milk. The employer is not required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time for any work time spent for such purpose. The employer must also provide a place, other than a bathroom, for the employee to express breast milk.  If these requirements impose undue hardship, an employer that employs fewer than 50 employees is not subject to these requirements. The federal requirements shall not preempt a state law that provides greater protections to employees.Never before has Federal legislature cited the importance of breaks for moms to breast pump."  (Also outlined on the main page of MomsPumpHere.com) This will pose a problem for nursing mother's who have to go back to work soon after the baby is born. On average, women breastfeed for 6 months in the United States. Experts recommend babies to be breastfed for up to a year because of the nutritional value found in breast milk. Provisions like the one outlined in the ACA allow women to continue to provide their babies with breast milk well past the 6 month mark when employers create private spaces for breast pumping. Sign this petition and tell our incoming administration NOT to end the ACA but to make changes where necessary! KEEP NURSING MOM RIGHTS!  

Priya Nembhard
15,675 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to Billy Long, Missouri Governor, Missouri State House, Missouri State Senate, citycouncil@springfieldmo.gov , Claire McCaskill, Roy Blunt

Place Interest Caps on Short Term Loans

Predatory loan businesses are a major issue facing Missouri This industry normally preys on those who are already in poverty. Predatory loan businesses take many forms, including payday loans, rent to own stores, auto loan establishments and others. Some businesses are also online and offer applications to apply for a loan on their website. Applicants do not realize until later the full amount of interest included in their loan. Although some may argue predatory loans help customers by providing money to cover unexpected expenses, when it comes specifically to payday loan places, 455% is the typical interest rate. This is incredibly difficult (if not impossible!) for hard working people to pay back Some payday loan establishments have went as far as connecting their businesses with Indian Reservations because it exempts them from state laws concerning interest rates on payday loans A more honest and straightforward approach is needed. In other states, there have been regulations made to try and combat the issues of this type of industry. These businesses take advantage of people without any other resources or options and drives them even further into the cycle of poverty. I urge you to please sign this petition to 36% cap of allowable interest to be charged on these what are supposed to be small short-term loans but end up putting already poor people into deeper debt. Together we can make a difference  

Casey Tibbs
36 supporters