Weekly Update: Protect Overtime Pay

Protect Overtime Pay for Millions of Working People

Overtime pay for millions of working people is at stake: The Department of Labor is opening up a “Request for Information” regarding the overtime pay rule, which is critical to our ability to earn a fair wage. This request is a thinly veiled attempt to cut overtime pay for millions of people.

The overtime rule was updated during the Obama administration to raise the overtime salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476. When fully implemented, this updated rule extends overtime eligibility to 4.9 million more working people and makes it harder for employers to deny overtime to another 7.6 million working people who are already eligible. We simply can’t afford to go backwards on this important rule.


The new Secretary of Labor has said that he thinks the Obama-era rule is too generous to workers. Click here to take action and protect overtime pay for millions of working people.


Update from Mississippi

Facing insurmountable pressure from their employer, Nissan workers in Canton, Mississippi lost their election to stand together in union. This comes after Nissan made headlines for staging one of “the nastiest anti-union campaigns” in modern labor history, and serves as yet another poignant example of the depths to which corporations will sink in order to take away our freedom to stand together.


UAW President Dennis Williams issued a statement following the vote, where he minced no words in describing Nissan’s blatant disregard for their workers’ freedom:

“Perhaps recognizing they couldn’t keep their workers from joining our union based on the facts, Nissan and its anti-worker allies ran a vicious campaign against its own workforce that was comprised of intense scare tactics, misinformation and intimidation.”


Get Ready for Labor Day

It’s that time of year again! From Portland to Medford, picnics are being held in celebration of Labor Day on Monday, September 4th. Click here to get all the details.


Union-Made Back to School Supplies

With students returning to school soon, make sure you’re filling your kid’s backpack with union made school supplies:

  • Boise Paper: Products: Boise X-9, Business Choice, FasCopy, Flagship, Grand and Toy, Office Depot, USA Xerographics, W.B. Mason and Xerographics (United Steelworkers Local 159).
  • International Paper: full list of products (USW).
  • Mead Westvaco/Acco Brands: At-A-Glance, Day Timer planners and organizers, Five Star school supplies and organizational gear, lined paper, Mead school supplies and Really Big Coloring Books (Communications Workers of America, USW).
  • Pacon: Products: Art1st drawing/sketch Pads, Array card stock and bond paper, Art Street construction paper, Bordette Decorative Border, Classroom Keepers storage, Colorwave tagboard, Corobuff 3D decorative backgrounds, Decorol Art Roll paper, Ecology recycled paper, Ella Bella photography backdrops, Fadeless Paper, Flameless Paper, GoWrite! dry erase pads, Kaleidoscope colored paper, Little Fingers construction paper, Neon fluorescent-colored paper products, Peacock colored paper products, Plast'r Craft modeling material, Present-It easel pads, Rainbow Colored Kraft duo-finish paper, Riverside construction paper, Spectra ArtKraft duo-finish paper, Spectra Art Tissue tissue paper, Spectra Glitter, Trait-tex yarn and Tru-Ray construction paper (USW Local 2-1822 and Local 2-1822-01).
  • Roaring Spring: Sub-brands: Boardroom, Emoticons, Envirogold, Environotes, Enviropads, Enviroshades, Genesis, Imagine, Lifenotes, Maxim and WIDE; Products: binders and portfolios, composition notebooks, construction paper, drawing pads, envelopes, folders, index cards, Modern Jen journals and folders, poster board, sketch books and wire-bound notebooks (USW Local 488).
  • Clauss: Scissors (UAW Local 959)
  • Master Lock: Locks, safes, etc. (UAW Local 469)