Five Fast Actions

Treatment of Miners – Deadline: Jan. 9

The Republican regime’s mining regulators are reconsidering rules meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust — the cause of black lung — and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer. An advocate for coal miners said Friday that this sends a “very bad signal.” The Mine Safety and Health Administration has asked for public comments on whether standards “could be improved or made more effective or less burdensome by accommodating advances in technology, innovative techniques, or less costly methods.”

We can submit comments to protect our fellow workers here.

Treatment of Animals – Deadline: Jan. 18

“The Trump administration is rolling back Obama-era rules for how animals should be treated if their meat is going to be sold as “certified organic.”” The rules would “govern an animal’s access to outdoor space, transportation and slaughter, among other things.”

Submit comments to give animals better lives here.

Treatment of Tipped Restaurant Workers – Deadline: Feb. 3

Under pressure from the National Restaurant Association—the “other NRA”— Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta is trying to push through a policy that would allow the pooling of tips given to restaurant servers.  It would allow employers to redistribute tips to (underpaid) kitchen workers or simply to pocket the tips of servers.  The employer’s logic is that servers make more than kitchen workers because the former are given tips, and a pool will increase the take of dishwashers, cooks, etc.  There is no question that the wages of kitchen workers should be raised–but not on the backs of their fellow workers.  Tipped restaurant workers, mostly women, already have the lowest minimum wage in the country —  just $2.13 an hour.

Submit comment to support our fellow citizens here.

If your holiday plans include a trip to the movie theater…

Lee Roy Mitchell, who owns Cinemark (Cinemark, Century, Tinseltown USA, CinéArts and Rave theaters), donated at least $13,500 to Moore’s campaign, $10,800 of which was given AFTER Roy whipped out his little gun on-stage. Cinemark, a publicly traded company with more than $4 billion dollars in assets and Moore’s fifth largest campaign contributor, also demanded nearly $700,000 in a countersuit against the victims of the mass shooting at their Aurora, CO theater. A #BoycottCinemark campaign started after that lawsuit.

In related news, the Aurora shooter, James Holmes, used an AR-15 rifle in his massacre and in September, Moore’s campaign offered a free AR-15 to supporters in a Facebook contest. Between supporting Roy Moore and going after shooting victims,  you might feel inspired to write to Mr. Mitchell. or better yet, you can refrain from giving your holiday movie money to his theaters.

Write here: Cinemark USA Inc, Attn: Lee Roy Mitchell, 3900 Dallas Parkway Ste 500, Plano TX 75093-7865 

Help others – Recycle your stuff

If we find ourselves with lots of shipping boxes at our houses during the holiday season, we can either recycle them or use Give Back Box to ship our no-longer-needed clothing and household goods (in GOOD condition) at no cost to an agency that can use them. Click here for instructions.

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