Press Release # 398

Subj: Senate Action on Overtime Pay / Jobs Tour Highlights
Date: 3/27/2004 12:48:21 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: "Working Families e-Activist Network" <peoplepower@aflcio.org>
To: "Robin Rustan" <Voiceforveterans@aol.com

Dear Working Families e-Activist:

We had a step forward in the fight to protect overtime pay on Wednesday when Senate Democrats successfully held their ground against a Republican effort to stop progress on a measure to block President Bush's overtime pay take-away.

The Senate could finalize that measure to stop the Bush administration from gutting overtime pay protections next week. At the same time, Bush's Labor Department is expected to issue the rules taking away overtime pay any day now.

We need to really get the word out and let America's leaders know we won't stand for having overtime pay taken away. Please reach out to your friends, family and co-workers right now and urge them to sign the petition at the link below to stop Bush's overtime pay take-away.
http://www.saveovertimepay.org

Show Us the Jobs Tour

 

The Show Us the Jobs tour is in Wisconsin today after visits to Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota earlier in the week. Fifty-one people--one from every state and the District of Columbia--are traveling the country by bus to tell the personal stories of how America's jobs crisis has affected them, their families and their communities.

The bus riders are heroic workers caught in a jobless crisis that affects us all. After a round-table discussion with media in Des Moines, Iowa, the riders took up a collection for two jobless Iowans who joined them at the table. In the parking lot, away from the view of TV cameras and reporters, these 51 jobless and struggling workers pulled together more than $800 for these two jobless moms with small children.

You can be part of the tour by visiting the Show Us the Jobs website by clicking on the link below.
http://www.showusthejobs.com/

Some of the bus riders are posting "blogs"--online journals. Read these inside details about the tour--some are serious, some are silly, some are heart-warming and some are heart-wrenching--by clicking on this link: http://blog.showusthejobs.com

ACTION: Sign the petition calling for good jobs, overtime pay and good benefits. Click here: http://www.showusthejobs.com/

And order your own Show Us the Jobs gear:http://unionshop.aflcio.org/shop/category.cfm?SID=1&Category_ID=22

Learn more about the tour, including a list of stops: http://www.showusthejobs.com/jobstour/

Check out video coverage of the tour: http://www.showusthejobs.com/jobstour/video.cfm

Get the facts about the jobs crisis: http://www.showusthejobs.com/jobfacts

Download fact sheets about jobs: http://www.showusthejobs.com/yourstate

Thanks for all you do. Look for a special overtime pay action next week.

In Solidarity,

Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO
March 27, 2004

P.S. Check out this Associated Press story about the tour.
http://www.boston.com/news/local/new_hampshire/articles/2004/03/25/jobs_tour_highlights_joblessness/

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