Monday

Keep on calling to demand that the FCC maintain net neutrality. The FCC will vote December 14 on the proposal by Chairman Ajit Pai, former chief counsel for Verizon, to abolish net neutrality regulations. Net neutrality allows all users to have equal access to everything available on the Internet. Abolishing it would give Internet Service Providers like Verizon and Comcast a lot more control over what we can and do online. Among other things, they could create faster or slower speeds for sites, charge premium prices for upgraded access, and engage in censorship by throttling websites, apps, and online services.

It would be a devastating blow to the free and open Internet we rely on for streaming videos, communicating with our networks – and yes, reading critical news stories about the state of our democracy. Without net neutrality, small businesses, low-income individuals, and much of rural America would lose access to affordable, reasonably fast internet service.

A strong push from Congress might make Chairman Pai reconsider his proposal. Let’s call Senators Markey (202-224-2742) and Warren (202-224-4543) and our representatives and urge them to contact the chairman and demand that he drop his plan. Already made the call? Great! How about calling again? The volume of comments makes a difference.

SCRIPT: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a concerned customer from [CITY].

I’m calling to express my support for net neutrality and a fair and open Internet. I strongly belief that the free flow of information on the Internet is critical to a healthy democracy. I’m asking [SENATOR’S OR REP’S NAME] to contact FCC Chairman Pai and demand he abandon his current plan to dismantle net neutrality.

[OPTIONAL: add a personal story or experience to give your message more weight]

Thank you for your time and attention.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.]


Tuesday

Stop the confiscation of tips from restaurant workers. The Department of Labor has proposed a rule, championed by the National Restaurant Association, to permit restaurant owners (including for restaurants owned by giant corporations) to dispose of server tips as they choose, which means they can also keep the tips for themselves. The rule applies to employers that pay federal minimum wage and don’t deduct tip amounts from wages.

Servers in restaurants are among the lowest-paid workers in our economy, struggling to survive on a median hourly wage that was less than $10 per hour in 2015. They should not be expected to subsidize the profits of their owners and corporations. Let’s tell Trump’s Department of Labor what we think.

We can comment on the proposed regulation here until January 4, 2018.

SCRIPT: I strongly oppose the proposed “Tip Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)” regulation (RIN: 1235-AA21). By allowing employers to take control of their employees’ tips, this rule would overturn decades of federal and state law and precedent safeguarding tips as the property of workers, going back to 1974, when the Fair Labor Standards Act was amended to clarify that tips are to be retained by the employee except when a valid tip pooling arrangement is in place.

The proposed rule essentially authorizes wage theft on the part of the employer. If restaurant owners pocket employee tips as the regulation allows them to do, a vulnerable workforce will be forced further into poverty, economic instability, and increased danger of harassment and assault.

[OPTIONAL: add a story or experience of your own or of someone you care about to give your message more weight]