News release Under federal guidelines, workers who earn more than $23,600 a year (which is below the poverty line for a family of four) are not automatically eligible for overtime pay. The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed a rule to raise the earning threshold for overtime pay to $50,440 annually by 2016. This increase would make it easier for nearly 5 million workers, more than half of them women, to receive overtime pay at time-and-a-half (150 percent of their regular wage for hours worked over 40 per week).
August 7, 2015
August 5, 2015
News release When the Republican Presidential candidates discuss their stands on what they believe to be the important issues of the day at the first presidential debate on August 6 in Cleveland, Ohio, moms across the country will be listening to see if they address the bread-and-butter issues that affect America’s families and the economy every day. Those issues are part of the new MomsVote platform developed by MomsRising, an on-the-ground and online grassroots organization of more than a million people focused on family economic security.
July 27, 2015
News release MomsRising today praised North Carolina lawmakers for listening to the safety concerns of moms and families by passing an omnibus gun bill through the state Senate that protects the pistol permit system and leaves out a number of dangerous provisions included in the original legislation introduced in the state House this spring. At the same time, MomsRising remains concerned about a handful of provisions still in the bill that undermine existing gun laws, and vows to continue pressing for commonsense guns safety laws.
July 24, 2015
News release Numerous members of MomsRising.org – an online and on-the-ground organization for moms and everyone who has a mom – gathered today at the Hattiesburg Zoo to present an enormous "thank you" card to Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and City Council Members Kim Bradley, Deborah Delgado, Carter Carroll, Mary Dryden and Henry Naylor, in recognition of their dedication to children’s health.
July 21, 2015
Statement On Friday, July 10, Sandra Bland, a Black woman, was on her way to start her new life working in student outreach at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University. According to witness testimony, and a video recording, Sandra, after being slammed down on the ground by the arresting officer said “You just slammed my head to the ground. Do you not even care about that?” Face down on the ground with police officers surrounding her, Sandra was clearly not moving. Police then unjustly charged her with assault and booked her in the county jail.
July 20, 2015
News release Members of MomsRising.org– an online and on-the-ground organization for moms and everyone who has a mom – will present an enormous "thank you" card, signed by hundreds of moms from around the state, to Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and City Council Members Kim Bradley, Deborah Delgado, Carter Carroll, Mary Dryden and Henry Naylor, to thank them for their dedication to children’s health: 10:30am, Saturday, July 25 Hattiesburg Zoo 107 South 17th Avenue
July 19, 2015
Statement “This weekend’s protests by #BlackLivesMatter demonstrators at the 2016 Netroots Nation Presidential Forum were important, powerful and imperative. It is critical that every candidate for President in 2016 speak to specific policies they will advance to address structural racism in our country. “Plain and simple - no one should ever have to fear that a loved one could be harmed at the hands of those charged with protection. It’s time our politicians stand up, and say unequivocally that #BlackLivesMatter.” # # # #
July 2, 2015
News release ROCKVILLE, MD –On Thursday, Working Matters joined Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, County Council members and state lawmakers, as well as US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, at a ceremony to sign the Earned Sick and Safe Leave bill into law. The measure, which will go into effect on October 1, 2016, provides workers in the county with up to seven paid sick days per year and will benefit more than 100,000 workers.
July 1, 2015
News release Editor’s note: This event will feature a sizable crowd of paid sick leave supporters. Affected workers, legislators and policy experts will be available to speak with the media prior to and after the event. What: Signing of “Earned Sick and Safe Leave” Act When: Thursday, July 2 | 12:30 pm Where: Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910
June 30, 2015
Statement Over the weekend, an educator and activist named Bree Newsome scaled the 30ft flag pole at the South Carolina State Capitol Building and removed the confederate flag. MomsRising.org fully supports Bree’s actions and is joining the growing chorus of organizations to call for all charges against Ms. Newsome to be dropped immediately. Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO of MomsRising.org issued the following statement in solidarity with Bree Newsome: