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Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange.org


WALMART
For Black Friday, speak out for striking Walmart workers.Walmart workersWrite a letter to the editor of your local paper now:Join Us

Every week, it’s more bad news for Walmart. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), charged with protecting workers’ rights to organize and demand better working conditions, just announced it will prosecute Walmart for illegal firings and threats to workers in 13 states.1 News of Walmart’s canned food drive for its own employees — who aren’t paid enough to afford Thanksgiving dinner — has gone viral.2

Walmart workers are leading a movement to end the systemic labor exploitation Walmart has made the norm.3 They’re standing up and saying no to part-time, temporary, poorly paid work that keeps our families struggling to put food on the table and holds our economy back. This week, as they engage in historic, nationwide strikes for the second Black Friday in a row, Walmart associates are putting their lives and livelihoods on the line for all of us — and they need our support.

Not everyone knows the risks Walmart associates are taking for workers everywhere this Black Friday, but there’s an easy way to fix that: Please take a moment to send a short letter to the editor of your local newspaper today showing your support for striking workers.

Despite raking in record-breaking billions in annual profits, Walmart recently got caught admitting that most of its employees make under $25,000 a year.4 And the company knows that it can afford to give workers a full 50% raise without harming its profitability — bringing take-home earnings up to $33,000 for cash-strapped associates who are now forced to depend on government, food banks and even each other to make ends meet.5

All workers are harmed by Walmart’s artificially low pay, wage theft, and aggressive reliance on intimidation tactics — up to and including illegal firings — to keep employees from speaking up for their most basic rights on the job. But as the single largest employer of Black workers in the country,6 Walmart has become a critical battleground in the fight to reverse the devastating shrinking of Black economic opportunity we’ve seen over the past few decades.7

Walmart won’t suddenly do what’s right on its own — it’s up to us to make the company pay a fair wage for a day’s work and treat its employees with basic respect. By sending a letter to the editor of your local paper — especially in communities with a Walmart store — you are providing exactly the kind of support a worker needs when making the difficult choice to leave work and stand up for all of us. It’s easy with our simple tool: click below to get talking points and writing tips, then submit your letter directly to your local paper online.

Keep Walmart’s bad behavior in the news by writing a letter to the editor of your daily paper: let your community know why you’re supporting striking workers this Black Friday.

Thanks and Peace,

–Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Aimée, Johnny, Kim and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team    November 23rd, 2013

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References

1. “National Labor Relations Board to Prosecute Walmart For Violating Workers’ Rights,” ThinkProgress, 11-18-13 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3087?t=9&akid=3188.1174326.mtLIG3

2. “Walmart Store Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive For Its Own Workers,” Huffington Post, 11-18-13 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3091?t=11&akid=3188.1174326.mtLIG3

3. “Josh Eidelson: Walmart Is a Pioneer in Unionbusting,” The Nation, 11-21-12 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3095?t=13&akid=3188.1174326.mtLIG3

4. “Why Wal-Mart can afford to give its workers a 50% raise,” CNN Money, 11-12-13 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3089?t=15&akid=3188.1174326.mtLIG3

5. “A Higher Wage Is Possible,” Demos, 11-19-13 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3090?t=17&akid=3188.1174326.mtLIG3

6. “Will Black Friday Be Blue for Wal-Mart?” The Root, 10-13-12 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3094?t=19&akid=3188.1174326.mtLIG3

7. “Black workers embody the new low-wage economy,” Al Jazeera America, 09-12-13 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/3096?t=21&akid=3188.1174326.mtLIG3

the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 11/19 ~~ the House


obamacapitol_300The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for debate only for one hour with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.

 Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1197, the National Defense Authorization Act.

 The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

The following amendments are pending to S.1197, the National Defense Authorization Act:

The Senate has reached an agreement that results in a series of 2 roll call votes at 5:00pm tonight. Those votes will be in relation to the amendments listed below. Each amendment is subject to a 60-affirmative vote threshold.

–          Ayotte #2255 (Guantanamo)

–          Levin-MCain-Feinstein #2175 (Guantanamo)

Unanimous consent agreement

Reid:    Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the pending motion to recommit be withdrawn; that the pending Levin amendment #2123 be set aside for Senator Ayotte, or designee, to offer amendment #2255, relative to Guantanamo; that the amendment be subject to a relevant side-by-side amendment, which is #2175 from Senators Levin and McCain; that no second degree amendments be in order to either of the Guantanamo amendments; that each of these amendments be subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold; that the time until 5pm be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; that at 5pm, the Senate proceed to vote in relation to the Ayotte amendment #2255; that upon disposition of the Ayotte amendment, the Senate proceed to vote in relation to the Levin-McCain amendment #2123; that there be two minutes equally divided in between the votes; further, that no motions to recommit be in order during the consideration of S.1197.

5:01pm the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on Ayotte amendment #2255 (Guantanamo).

Not Agreed to: 43-55

5:30pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the Levin amendment #2175 (Guantanamo)

Not Agreed to: 52-46

There will be no further roll call votes today.

Senator Reid asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending Levin amendment #2123 and Senator Gillibrand or her designee be recognized to offer the amendment #2099 (sexual assault) and that the amendment be subject to a relevant side-by-side amendment from Senators McCaskill and Ayotte, amendment #2170. He also asked consent that no second degree amendments be in order and each of the amendments be subject to 60 affirmative votes; that when the Senate resumes consideration of the bill on Wednesday, November 20th, the time until 5:00pm be equally divided between the proponents and the opponents of the Gillibrand amendment; and that that at 5:00pm, the Senate proceed to vote in relation to the Gillibrand amendment #2099; that upon disposition of the Gillibrand amendment, the Senate proceed to vote in relation to the McCaskill-Ayotte amendment #2170; that there be two minutes equally divided in between the votes; and no motions to recommit be in order during the consideration of the sexual assault amendments.

Senator Inhofe asked to modify the request that following disposition of the McCaskill/Ayotte amendment #2170, all pending amendments be withdrawn and the Republican manager or his designee be recognized to offer the next amendment in order to be followed by an amendment offered by the Majority side and the two sides continue to offer amendments in alternating fashion until all amendments are disposed of.

Senator Reid did not agree to the modification and Senator Inhofe objected to the original request.

Subsequently, Senator Reid re-filled the amendment tree.

–          Motion to recommit S.1197 with instructions (amendment #2305)

–          Reid amendment #2306 (date change) to the instructions

–          Reid amendment #2307 to amendment #2308 (date change)

Senator Reid expressed his hope that Senators will come to the floor tomorrow to debate the sexual assault issue so that we can set up a vote tomorrow afternoon.

The Senate is in a period of morning business for debate only until 7:30pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTES

1)      Ayotte amendment #2255 (Guantanamo) to S.1197, the National Defense Authorization Act; Not Agreed to: 43-55 (60 affirmative votes required)

2)      Levin amendment #2175 (Guantanamo); Not Agreed to: 52-46 (60 affirmative votes required)

Additional LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Discharged the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and passed S.381, to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members of the “Doolittle Tokyo Raiders,” for outstanding heroism, valor, skill, and service to the United States in conducting the bombings of Tokyo with a Brown amendment.

Discharged the Armed Services Committee and passed H.R.3304, to authorize and request the President to award the Medal of Honor to Bennie G. Adkins and Donald P. Sloat of the United States Army for acts of valor during the Vietnam Conflict and to authorize the award of the Medal of Honor to certain other veterans who were previously recommended for award of the Medal of Honor with a Levin amendment and a Levin title amendment.

Adopted S.Res.300, a resolution to authorize production of records by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Began the Rule 14 process of S.1737, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act. (Harkin)

No EXECUTIVE ITEMS

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Last Floor Action:
5:12:46 P.M. – SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES –
The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded
to Special Order speeches.

Last Floor Action:11/18
9:46:55 P.M. – The House adjourned.

The
next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on November 19, 2013.

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the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 11/14 ~~ the House


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The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for two hours with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Majority controlling the final half.

 Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to vote on adoption of the motion to proceed to H.R.3402, the Pharmaceutical Drug Compounding bill. A voice vote is expected on the motion to proceed to the bill.

 The Senate will recess from 1:00pm until 2:15pm to allow for caucus meetings.

Following morning business, the Senate adopted the motion to H.R.3204, Drug Quality and Security Act, and Senator Reid filled the amendment tree with date change amendments.

Senator Reid then filed cloture motions on the following items:

–       Executive Calendar #381, the nomination of Robert Leon Wilkins, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit;

–       H.R.3204, Drug Quality and Security Act; and

–       Motion to proceed to S.1197, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.

The Senate stands in recess until 2:15pm. When the Senate resumes session, it will be in a period of morning business until 5:00pm, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent that the only amendment in order to H.R.3204, Drug Quality and Security Act, be the Vitter amendment #2024 (Show Your Exemption Act) and a Democratic alternative; that there be 2 hours for debate prior to votes on the amendments; the amendments be subject to a 60-affirmative vote threshold; and that upon disposition of the Vitter and Democratic amendment, the bill, as amended, if amended, be read a third time and passed.

Senator Reid objected.

Senator Vitter then asked consent that the Senate pass H.R.3204, Drug Quality and Security Act; that the Senate then proceed to the consideration of S.1197, the National Defense Authorization Act; the Vitter amendment, which is at the desk, and a Democratic alternative, be called up and notwithstanding Rule 22, the Vitter and Democratic amendments remain in order, with no second degree amendments in order, and the amendments be subject to a 60-affirmative vote threshold for passage.

Senator Reid objected.

Senator Vitter then asked consent that the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee be discharged from further consideration of S.1629, Show Your Exemption Act. There be 60 minutes for debate equally divided, prior to a vote on passage of the bill. Finally, that the bill be subject to a 60-affirmative vote threshold.

Senator Reid objected.

The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

WRAP UP

No ROLL CALL VOTES

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Concurred in the House amendments to S.252, Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Reauthorization Act’ or the “PREEMIE Reauthorization Act”; National Pediatric Research Network; and Care for NIH chimpanzees.

Adopted S.Res.295, expressing support for the designation of October 20, 2013, as the “National Day on Writing”.

Adopted S.Res.296, designating the week beginning on October 13, 2013, as “National Wildlife Refuge Week”.

Adopted S.Res.297, congratulating the Minnesota Lynx women’s basketball team on winning the 2013 Women’s National Basketball Association Championship.

Adopted S.Res.292, Expressing support for the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines and the surrounding region.

Discharged the Foreign Relations Committee and adopted S.Res.284, calling on the Government of Iran to immediately release Saeed Abedini and all other individuals detained on account of their religious beliefs.

EXECUTIVE ITEMS

Confirmed all nominations on the Secretary’s desk in the Coast Guard and the following items:

DEFENSE NUCLEAR FACILITIES SAFETY BOARD

Executive Calendar #389 Kenneth L. Mossman – to be a Member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board for a term expiring October 18, 2016

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Executive Calendar #392 Michael D. Lumpkin – to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Executive Calendar #405 Gregory B. Starr – to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Diplomatic Security)

Executive Calendar #411 James Walter Brewster, Jr. – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Dominican Republic

Executive Calendar #421 Philip S. Goldberg – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of the Philippines

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Last Floor Action: 11/13
8:14:58 P.M. – The House adjourned. The
next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on November 14, 2013.

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the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 11/13 ~~ the House


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The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour with the Majority controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half.

 Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.3204, the Pharmaceutical Drug Compounding bill, post-cloture.

 The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

 All time during adjournment, morning business and recess will count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.3204.

Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent that the Senate adopt the motion to proceed to H.R.3204, Drug Quality and Security Act; that the only amendment in order be the Vitter amendment #2024 (Show Your Exemption Act); that there be 2 hours for debate prior to a vote on the amendment; the amendment be subject to a 60-affirmative vote threshold; and that upon disposition of the Vitter amendment, the bill, as amended, if amended, be read a third time and passed.

Senator Harkin objected.

Senator Vitter then asked consent that the Senate pass H.R.3204, Drug Quality and Security Act; that the Senate then proceed to the consideration of S.1197, the National Defense Authorization Act; the Vitter amendment, which is at the desk, be called up and notwithstanding Rule 22, the Vitter amendment remain in order, with no second degree amendments in order and the amendment be subject to a 60-affirmative vote threshold for passage.

On behalf of the leadership, Senator Harkin objected.

WRAP UP FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2013

No ROLL CALL VOTES

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Adopted S.Res.293, designating the week beginning on November 18, 2013, as “National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week.”

Adopted S.Res.294, Expressing support for the goals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month by promoting national awareness of adoption and the children awaiting families, celebrating children and families involved in adoption, and encouraging the people of the United States to secure safety, permanency, and well-being for all children.

Adopted S.Con.Res.25, a concurrent resolution authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for activities associated with the ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Native American code talkers.

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The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on November
13, 2013.

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the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 10/24 ~~ the House


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The Senate will convene at 2:00pm on Monday, October 28, 2013.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until ­­­4:30pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #344, the nomination of Richard F. Griffin, Jr., of the District of Columbia, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board for a term of four years.  There will be up to one hour of debate equally divided and controlled in the usual form.

Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 5:30pm), there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Griffin nomination.

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Last Floor Action:
7:42:28 P.M. – The House adjourned.

The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on October 24, 2013.