Support “Wellness In Nebraska” bill LB 887 – We don’t leave our neighbors behind
We know LB 887, the Wellness In Nebraska Act, will help at least 54,000 uninsured Nebraskans get access to necessary health care. That’s a big number, but each one of those numbers is a person.
Wellness In Nebraska would help people like Oksana Kling. Oksana wants to go back to work as a home daycare provider, however until she gets necessary treatments for a knee injury, she can’t. Lack of health coverage prevents many Nebraskans from reaching their potential in the workforce, and with WIN, Oksana could get back to work.
“We’re hoping the Governor and the members of the Unicameral see we’re actually people and not just numbers. Me and many other people who need this coverage temporarily can get repaired, get fixed, get healthy, and then be able to resume full-time work and contribute more to the tax base.”
Your voice is very important, senators need to hear from you! Please call or write your state senator and tell them hard-working people in Nebraska need their help. We must pass Wellness In Nebraska because it’s the right thing to do for the 54,000 uninsured Nebraskans like Oksana.
Support increase in minimum wage for hard-working employees
Hard work is a core value in Nebraska. Our state boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and one of the highest rates of parents participating in the workforce. But our economy has left too many hard-working Nebraskans behind, risking family stability. Raising the minimum wage would allow families who work full-time in lower wage jobs to regain a measure of financial stability while reaffirming the dignity of a hard day’s work.
LB 943, introduced by State senator Jeremy Nordquist, would raise Nebraska’s minimum wage gradually to $9 per hour over three years. A similar bill, LB 947, introduced by State senator Steve Lathrop, raises the minimum wage for workers who also earn tips to 70 percent of the minimum wage for non-tip earners.
These bills are critical measures to ensure hard work pays in Nebraska. Our minimum wage should allow people who work full-time to achieve a measure of stability. Nearly 32,000 hourly workers in Nebraska earn the minimum wage, and nationwide, 75 percent of minimum-wage earners are over the age of 20.
These bills are essential to reducing poverty among our working people and allowing employees to achieve the upward mobility that has been lost to many with a changing economy.
Please call or e-mail your state senator and ask them to support LB 943 and LB 947 to make sure hard work pays in Nebraska.
Support updated immigration laws with a path to citizenship
Outdated U.S. immigration laws are holding our country back and breaking apart Nebraska families.
By passing new immigration laws that include a clear process for citizenship for immigrants in our country, we can reunite families, give certainty to businesses, and make our country stronger in the years ahead.
The U.S. Senate passed an immigration bill – S. 744 – in June, which finally lays out a path to citizenship for people living in this country, raising families, and contributing to our communities.
Now, it’s the House of Representatives’ turn to pass a bill so we can move forward on a modern immigration system that makes sense.
Please call or e-mail Nebraska’s congressmen and ask them to support a bill that provides a clear and inclusive path to citizenship for aspiring Americans.
- District 1 – Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (202) 225-4806 or (402) 438-1598
- District 2 – Rep. Lee Terry (202) 225-4155 or (402) 397-9944
- District 3 – Rep. Adrian Smith (202) 225-6435 or (308) 384-3900
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Watch President Obama speak Tuesday and call for serious immigration reform that includes a process for citizenship:
Pain and crippling injuries are a common outcome for the people making tens of thousands of movements per shift in meat and poultry processing. In the words of workers:
- “I’m doomed. My injuries are permanent. But think about the younger people and how we could prevent harm coming to them.”
- “Slavery still exists today. It’s been mechanized and it happens during a 40-hour week.”
- “The pain was so bad that it kept me awake at night.”
It’s about to get worse in poultry processing. So last week Congressional leaders, workers, and civil rights advocates held a House briefing to urge the Administration to stop a proposed new USDA rule that would allow poultry processing plants to increase the speed of the line, replace federal inspectors with plant employees, and jeopardize the safety of our food.
You can take action today to help stop the USDA’s dangerous proposal. First, take just a second to sign this online petition urging President Obama and the USDA to “dump the chicken rule.” Then, call the White House at (202) 456-1111 and tell the Administration the Poultry Rule is a senseless danger to workers’ and food safety.
The House briefing was hosted by U.S. Representatives Bennie Thompson (Mississippi), Marcia Fudge (Ohio), and Shelia Jackson-Lee (Texas), Hilary O. Shelton, NAACP’s senior vice president for policy and advocacy, and coordinated by Oxfam America, Nebraska Appleseed, Southern Poverty Law Center, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Food & Water Watch, Northwest Arkansas Workers Center, and many others, click here.