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SAMPLE LETTERS TO REPRESENTATIVES

These are sample letters you can send to your represenative and senators. You can copy them directly or just use them to give you ideas on what to write.

How to use this feature

1. Choose a topic that you want to contact your representative or senator about and copy the text of the letter. If you just want to write your own letter, skip this step.

2. Click on the megaphone above to choose which representative or senator you want to write to. Click on their name to bring you to their information page on our site.

3.Click on the megaphone on their information page. That will take you to the section of their official website where you can email them.

4. If you copied our suggested letter, paste it into the letter section of their page.

Charactreristics of an effective letter

o It shows that you understand the issue you're writing about

o It offers a course of action you would like your representative to take

o It is concise and respectful.

o It lets your representative know that you are a constituent.

What do the different statuses mean?

o Time Critical: There most likely is a bill in Congress that is about to be considered. Time is of the essence in asking your representative and senators to make sure they act on this bill in the way you want them to.

o Active: This is an important issue that affects a large number of people. If there is a bill, it may take writing to your representative and senators to ask them to act on it. If there is no current bill, you can ask them to introduce one.

o Dormant: There is no current action on this issue, but it would help your representative and senators to know your concern about them.

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Employer Class Action Restriction

When the Supreme Court ruled in Epic Systems v. Lewis that workers may have their right to class actions taken away by an employer who they believe has illegally underpaid them, Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote that it is not up to evaluate the policy impact of allowing the Federal Arbitration Act to take precedence over the National Labor Relations Act.

With that decision, millions of non-union workers will find themselves unable to challenge being illegally underpaid - even if this underpayment is a common practice of the company. Workers also cannot depend on the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), as it is understaffed.

Wage theft costs American workers hundreds of millions a year - effectively a wealth transfer from low-income workers to their better off employers, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Gorsuch said it is up to Congress to make that policy to ensure these protections.

As your constituent, I am requesting you act on Gorsuch's words and sponsor or support a law to guarantee employees full access to the judicial system in the event of workplace disputes.

I also am requesting that you enhance the Labor Department's budget to allow them to investigate more cases of workplace violations.

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