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OFA volunteers are making a difference in the fight to raise the wage

It’s been nearly six years since the minimum wage was last raised. Join the fight to move this issue forward.

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  • Speak up for better overtime protections

    President Obama's proposal will extend overtime protections to nearly five million workers.

    Paying people fairly for the work they do is a pretty basic principle. But over the last few decades, fewer and fewer workers have been protected.

    Even as our economy has recovered from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression—with 64 consecutive months of private-sector job growth—wages for middle class Americans haven’t kept up with our growing economy and productivity.

    That's in large part because our overtime rules are way out of date.

  • Do you like the internet? Sign this petition

    The President is fighting for net neutrality—you should, too.

    What President Obama did yesterday is a big deal for anyone who uses the internet. (Hi!)

    The concept of a free and open internet has been part of the whole deal from the beginning.

    He's urging the Federal Communications Commission to protect net neutrality—the principle that all web traffic should be treated the same, and not controlled by providers.

    If you think a free and open internet is a good thing, sign our petition to tell the FCC you stand with President Obama's plan to protect net neutrality.

  • One thing I hope you didn't miss in Tuesday's results

    Voters across the country took a decisive stand on raising the minimum wage.

    Americans in Arkansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois, and Alaska all took a decisive stand on raising the minimum wage.

    In every state where voters were asked about raising the minimum wage, they stood overwhelmingly in support.

    The fight for change has never been easy—that's not news to any of us. But this work matters, and what we do now has never mattered more.

  • One year later

    What happened last October, what OFA did to make sure it didn't again.

    Think back at what was happening exactly one year ago today. You're the reason we're not going back.

  • States and cities continue to raise the minimum wage

    Despite a lack of action in Congress, progress is being made around the country.

    Thanks to lawmakers standing in the way in Congress, we haven't raised the federal minimum wage in more than five years. The good news is that states, local governments, and leaders throughout the country aren't waiting.

  • Your name belongs on this

    Want to expand economic opportunity? Go on the record.

    When you go on the record, your support will be listed alongside hundreds of thousands of OFA supporters —that way you, your members of Congress, and anyone with an internet connection can see that you stand for economic opportunity.




  • Why is June’s jobs report such a big deal?

    Hint: This kind of job creation hasn’t been seen in almost 15 years.

    For the last 52 months we’ve seen steady job creation, according to the monthly reports by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And in June we hit some important milestones. It's good news for hard-working Americans, but there’s still more work to do.


  • Creating a 21st century workplace for every American

    It's time to kickstart the conversation on the needs of today's working families.

    Last week a summit for working families was hosted at the White House, and OFA supporters held events events in their communities to start a conversation about creating 21st century workplaces that address the needs of working families.

  • States and cities move to a fairer minimum wage

    From Massachusetts to Hawaii and many places in between, wages are on the rise.

    In April, a minority in the Senate blocked a measure that would raise the federal minimum wage. But states and cities across the country are refusing to wait for Congress. Local governments are taking matters into their own hands, moving forward on this issue to support working families.

  • Take a stand for working families

    The White House Summit on Working Families is on Monday—and you can participate.

    Too often workplace policies don’t reflect the realities of today’s families, placing unfair limits on hard-working Americans and holding them back from success. It’s time to change that—and you should be a part of the conversation.

  • A college education shouldn't put you in crushing debt

    It's time to rein in student loan debt—do you agree?

    A college education is still one of the most important investments you can make for your future. But more students than ever before are forced to take out loans to go to college—71 percent of undergraduates in 2012 left school with a diploma and debt, to the tune of nearly $30,000 per person. And a third of Federal Direct student loan dollars are in default, deferment, or forbearance.

    Add your name and fight for a fair way to reduce the burden of student loan debt

  • It’s time to bring home the bacon

    The Bacon Awards were held in Kansas City for employers who understand the need to raise the minimum wage.

    What better way for the land of barbecue and bacon to spotlight the issue and show our appreciation for business owners who fairly compensate their employees, than with awards made from actual bacon?