overtime law

House Republicans just voted to change overtime rules for workers
Democrats and worker groups call the bill a 'false choice' between more money and more time off
By https://www.facebook.com/leadership.washingtonpost

“On Tuesday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that Republicans have promoted since the Newt Gingrich era, one that would allow private-sector employees to exchange overtime pay for “compensatory time” off, electing to accrue extra hours off rather than extra pay in their wallets. The bill passed 229 to 197, largely along party lines.“

Or, on the other hand, we could raise the minimum wage and mandate a minimum number of hours of paid sick and personal leave to every employer each year. 

prompt: phil’s a janitor, working night shifts at a prestigious law firm. dan is a lawyer, who works overtime at this prestigious law firm.
phil sweeps dan off his feet.
phil is sweeping, when it’s dark. dan doesn’t notice him, trips over the broom, and phil catches him. the sparks fly. all of the fluffy shit.

Coffee Shops & Carrot Cake (Part 1)

Title: Coffee Shops & Carrot Cake (Part 1)
Pairing: Firefighter!Dean x Reader AU
Summary: Carrot cupcakes and a fireman. Coffee shops and a hot fireman. Coffee shops, carrot cupcakes, and a hot fireman. Sounds like a nice equation for an awkward girl to embarrass the hell out of herself.
Word Count: 2080

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For the future lawyers out there

Would anyone be interested in a blog about taking the LSAT, applying to law school, law school classes, working overtime at a law firm during school, work-life balance, paying for law school, relationships, staying healthy with little time, etc?

anonymous asked:

Could you please explain to me what exactly are unions and why they are so important in today's politics?

Ok, this might take a sec. You might also want to look at some resources

Originally posted by scarecroe

Unions (also known as trade unions) are groups of workers who have organized to achieve a common goal, whether that’s to improve their working conditions or to have a voice in their workplace or defend their rights as individual workers or members of a group, or to engage in political action. 

That last part is why unions are important to contemporary politics. 

To begin with, unions are mass organizations of workers - even at a historically low level of “union density” in the U.S, there are 14.5 million union members in the United States - which means that they can try to leverage the votes and activism of their members in shaping the political system. Unions are very very good at doing outreach to large numbers of people, because at the end of the day, doing voter outreach (whether that’s voter registration, issue advocacy, phone-banking, precinct-walking, or GOTV) uses a lot of the same skills and technologies and organizational methods that are involved in organizing workers into unions. 

Second, unions are one of the only organized groups in politics that are “of, by, and for” the working class. Historically, unions have been a major “counter-vailing force” that balanced out the influence of the wealthy and big businesses, and the decline of unions is one of the big reasons why our political system has become responsive to the preferences of only the affluent. Moreover, unions historically have not just advocated for the interests of their own membership, but have supported broader social and economic legislation - the minimum wage, overtime laws, health and safety regulations, civil rights legislation, immigration reform, universal health care, Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid, you can go down the list of progressive causes and unions have historically been one of the largest and loudest backers of all of these causes. (Huge caveat here: this hasn’t always been the case on a number of issues, and there’s a very complicated history of how the labor movement shifted from being an organization of white men only in the 19th century and well into the 20th century to one of the most diverse organizations in America today.)

Third, and this has to do with the previous two: unions have historically been a major bloc within the Democratic Party since the 1930s (arguably, you could go back as far as the 1910s and the AFL-CIO allying with Wilson over the Clayton Anti-Trust Act, but at that time you had major union federations like the IWW who either didn’t support party politics at all or supported the Socialist Party). As a result, the Republican Party has been actively trying to kill the labor movement since at least 1947, when they passed the Taft-Hartley Act, through to Reagan breaking the PATCO strike in 1981 through to present attempts to pass national “right-to-work” laws. For their part, the Democratic Party historically was the party that passed the Wagner Act that legalized unions and established the National Labor Relations Board to oversee collective bargaining, but has since the 70s been rather tepid over attempts to reform labor law to help unions pull out of their decline, although Democrats have (with mixed results) tended to fight Republican anti-union pushes. 


less than 5% of violence against children is committed by people they don’t know.

parents account for the majority, followed closely by teachers and relatives.

and what does society do to “keep children safe”?

it does its absolute best to keep children from interacting with strangers and make sure they’re always under the direct supervision and control of parents/teachers/relatives.

child protectionism is a system of violence that serves to keep young people under the thumb of those most likely to do them harm, and keep them away from potential sources of support or escape. society keeps children as unsafe as possible and does so by claiming to be doing the exact opposite.

the next time you’re about to claim that “children aren’t oppressed, they’re protected and cared for” - stop. think about it. if society actually wants to protect a category of people, it doesn’t work overtime to create laws and norms which ensure those people are under the near-limitless authority and near-constant supervision of the people most likely to abuse them.

but it sure as hell does exactly that when it wants to marginalize and oppress a category of people.

so stop running your mouth about children being “privileged” because they’re “protected”. because not only are you enormously wrong, you’re actively taking part in maintaining a system of violence.

A Secretary of the EPA that didn’t believe in global warming. Says he wants to gut it and violate the Paris Agreement.

A Labor Secretary that opposes raising the minimum wage, opposes overtime laws, is IN favor for automating as many jobs as possible, along with violating multiple labor laws in his own fast food restaurants. And just to add a cherry he’s behind all the ultra sexist Hardees commercials where women eat burgers in skimpy bikinis.

He’s trying to dismantle the government…. Indirectly through his shocking lack of knowledge and directly through his cabinet appointments.

What the questionable treatment of the ‘Sausage Party’ animators says about the industry at large (x)

The LA Times

“A controversy over a hit film about a hot dog has brought to light an issue plaguing the booming animation industry — the treatment of its workers.

Some artists who worked on Sausage Party, a computer-animated comedy produced by Annapurna Pictures and released by Sony Pictures, have alleged that they were denied overtime pay, pushed to hit unrealistic production goals and stripped of their credits for complaining about work conditions at Vancouver, Canada-based Nitrogen Studios in order to meet the movie’s thrifty $19-million budget.

The complaints, which first emerged in the comments section of the animation blog Cartoon Brew, have dampened what would have been a celebratory week at Nitrogen. The small, 13-year-old studio just saw its first feature film become a surprise box office success, grossing $41.4 million worldwide to date, and recently went into production on the Guillermo del Toro show Trollhunters for Netflix and Dreamworks Animation.

Nitrogen is one of several studios that have benefited from the trend of Hollywood productions outsourcing animation or visual-effects work to countries with either cheaper labor forces, favorable tax incentives or both, such as Canada, the U.K., France, India and South Korea. Just as animation is becoming an increasingly lucrative medium — driving four of the 10 highest-grossing movies at the box office so far this year — animators say their working conditions are worsening.

“You have young crews working long hours for minimal pay because they just want to be in the industry,” said Steve Hulett, who sits on the board of the Animation Guild. “You have lowball bids, tax subsidies and enormous pressure to bring things in on deadline and as inexpensively as possible.”

The problems mirror those in the visual-effects industry, which has a heavy overlap with CG animation and which has seen several L.A.-based companies leave or file for bankruptcy.

In the case of Sausage Party, a group of animators signed a letter demanding better treatment and paid overtime in December, which Annapurna ultimately paid.

Nitrogen Studios Chief Executive Nicole Stinn disputed the workers’ complaints:

“These claims are without merit,” Stinn said in a statement. “Our production adhered to all overtime laws and regulations, as well as our contractual obligations with our artists.”

Others who worked on Sausage Party said though the production was challenging, the group expressing frustration represents only a small part of the crew.

“Some of these artists who were complaining were only here a short while, they didn’t perform well and then they left at the height of production,” said Laura Brousseau, head of lighting at Nitrogen. “Some met their [production] quotas and some didn’t. And some people took [performance reviews] as a threat to their job.”

One L.A.-based animator who has worked on projects for Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation but did not want to be identified because of fear of professional repercussions said the controversy over Sausage Party hit home for him.

Outsourcing, he said, has weakened the union in L.A. and made the animators who are still here increasingly timid.

'Artists feel like if we stand up for ourselves, the jobs will go elsewhere,’ he said. 'As I’ve gotten older and settled down, I have more to lose. There’s just not a lot of other options.’”


For those looking to take some action, here the shortlist of cabinet members I am directly opposing (in order of priority). I have already contacted my senators about Jeff Sessions, Ben Carson, and Tom Price. I will be calling them about Betsy DeVos and Scott Pruitt today, and plan to take time Monday to reach out about Rick Perry and Andrew Puzder. I fully expect most (if not all) of these nominees to be confirmed by largely party-line majorities, but I think it’s important to speak out and not let them go unchallenged. I am grateful for the tough questions that have been posed in the hearings and will continue to speak out in the coming months.

While there are often other philosophical disagreements on why I oppose Trump’s nominees, here are the main pieces I am citing that are specific to their role and solidify my opposition to their candidacy.

Jeff Sessions, Attorney General (Department of Justice)

  • A long history of questions on potential racism, and a very mixed history on Civil Rights.
  • A strong opposition to immigration and immigrants.
  • Personal opposition to LGBTQ+ rights, which has been a major thrust of the DOJ under President Obama
  • A “law and order” zeal, with little regard towards issues of institutional racism and other issues in the justice system.

Tom Price, Secretary for Health and Human Services

  • A longtime opponent of Obamacare and its universal coverage mandates.
  • Strong opposition to women’s health and reproductive rights issues.
  • Serious ethical questions over trading in medical stocks while in office.

Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

  • Spent a career fighting the EPA and now wants to lead the EPA.
  • Deep ties to fossil fuel industries who have long supported him, financially and otherwise.
  • Concerns over his willingness to take action on climate change issues.

Betsy DeVos, Education Secretary

  • No experience in public education, and a deep opposition to the public education model (which over 90% of students pass through).
  • Troubling answers at her hearing on guns in schools, her knowledge of education law, Title IX, and other topics that raise more questions.

Ben Carson, Housing and Urban Development Secretary

  • Absolutely no experience in housing or urban development.
  • Has repeatedly called for cuts to social services programs and views them as enabling poverty.

Rick Perry, Energy Secretary

  • Wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy during his campaign, and then did not understand what this position entailed when it was offered to him.
  • Many ties to the fossil fuel industry (including being a member of the board of the Dakota Access Pipeline’s company) raise questions about how balanced he will be.

Andrew Puzder, Labor Secretary

  • Opposes the minimum wage, overtime laws, and the ACA.
  • Has repeatedly spoken out against unions.

Feel free to use these talking points, they are certainly shaped by my own values, but reflect verifiable information and positions from each of these nominees.

Either way, I hope you’ll contact your Senators.

In both Italy in the 1920s and Germany in the 1930s, old industrial evils, thought to have passed permanently into history, re-emerged as the conditions of labor deteriorated precipitously. In the name of saving society from the Red Menace, unions and strikes were outlawed. Union property and farm cooperatives were confiscated and handed over to rich private owners. Minimum-wage laws, overtime pay, and factory safety regulations were abolished. Speedups became commonplace. Dismissals or imprisonment awaited those workers who complained about unsafe or inhumane work conditions. Workers toiled longer hours for less pay. The already modest wages were severely cut in Germany by 25 to 40 percent, in Italy by 50 percent. In Italy, child labor was reintroduced.

Michael Parenti, Blackshirts and Reds, 1997, p.6-7

fascism is totally “left-wing” tho right

Week after week, Guadalupe Rangel worked seven days straight, sometimes 11 hours a day, unloading dining room sets, trampolines, television stands and other imports from Asia that would soon be shipped to Walmart stores.

Even though he often clocked 70 hours a week at the Schneider warehouse here, he was never paid time-and-a-half overtime, he said. And now, having joined a lawsuit involving hundreds of warehouse workers, Mr. Rangel stands to receive more than $20,000 in back pay as part of a recent $21 million legal settlement with Schneider, a national trucking company.

“Sometimes I’d work 60, even 90 days in a row,” said Mr. Rangel, a soft-spoken immigrant from Mexico. “They never paid overtime.”

The lawsuit is part of a flood of recent cases — brought in California and across the nation — that accuse employers of violating minimum wage and overtime laws, erasing work hours and wrongfully taking employees’ tips. Worker advocates call these practices “wage theft,” insisting it has become far too prevalent.

Many business groups counter that government officials have drummed up a flurry of wage enforcement actions, largely to score points with union allies. If anything, employers have become more scrupulous in complying with wage laws, the groups say, in response to the much publicized lawsuits about so-called off-the-clock work that were filed against Walmart and other large companies a decade ago.


Oregon judge proposes militia pay $75,000 a day for occupying refuge
Judge says ongoing standoff at Malheur national wildlife refuge led by Ammon Bundy is expensive for the county and ‘we’re going to send Mr Bundy the bill’
By Sam Levin

A local judge in Oregon has raised the prospect of making the armed militia occupying a federal wildlife refuge pay as much as $75,000 a day for the toll the standoff is costing the rural county.

Harney County judge Steve Grasty, a vocal critic of the militia, estimates that the armed occupation led by cattle rancher Ammon Bundy cost the community roughly $60,000 to $75,000 each day of the first week of the occupation.

Grasty, an administrative judge, proposed making Bundy and his associates pay the expenses at a community meeting on Monday night in Burns, the closest town to the ongoing occupation of the Malheur national wildlife refuge.

It’s been 10 days since Bundy and a group of out-of-state militiamen stormed the federal wildlife sanctuary headquarters to protest the government’s land regulations and the imprisonment of two Harney County ranchers in an arson case.

Grasty earned loud applause from the audience when he told residents: “We’re going to send Mr Bundy the bill.”

Those costs will grow if the militia continues to ignore pleas from local residents for them to pull out. And if the standoff drags on for another week, expenses could add up to more than $1m.

“Harney County is not a wealthy county,” county spokeswoman Laura Cleland said on Tuesday, adding it was “on a very strict budget”. “These are huge costs to a county … and costs that are there only because of what Mr Bundy has done.”

She said Grasty’s estimates include the costs of law enforcement overtime, school closures last week, setting up and operating a special command center, keeping county buildings open later than usual and buying extra supplies and food for county workers.