The 20th Anniversary Interfaith Worker Justice celebration call will take place on Monday, February 29 at 7pm ET / 6pm CT / 5pm MT / 4pm PT. You can listen to the call on your own or as part of a house party. The house party will include a strategy session that will focus on making an organizing plan to get your U.S. House Representative to co-sponsor the Pay Stub Transparency Act.
To hear this call in Spanish, call 1-888-325-3989; pin: 846448
As we gather together to celebrate Interfaith Worker Justice’s 20th anniversary on February 29, we have an excellent opportunity to plan local organizing activities in support of the Pay Stub Disclosure Act (HR 4376).
This guide will help you facilitate a discussion with your group about how to organize a local campaign to get your member of Congress to co-sponsor the Pay Stub Transparency Act.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact IWJ’s organizing director Marien Casillas Pabellon by emailing mpabellon[at]iwj.org.
BEFORE YOUR DISCUSSION
In advance of the IWJ 20th Anniversary conference call, here are some suggestions for making your gathering a success:
1. RSVP for the call to get your call-in information - you can RSVP for the call here.
To hear this call in Spanish, call 1-888-325-3989; pin: 846448
2. Make sure people attend - Send out an email invite with all the necessary information (event address, event time, an agenda, etc.) ahead of the event. Emails are great to convey that important information. But emails alone won’t turn people out, a phone call will. Make sure you spend an hour or two to call through your invite list at least 24 hours before your event and ask each person to commit to attending over the phone. A phone call is critical to getting good turnout, so please don’t skip this important step. If you have a big list, recruit a friend or two to help make the calls.
3. Supplies for a great meeting - Here are some supplies we recommend to make sure your meeting goes off without a hitch:
- A sign-in sheet to collect names, email addresses, and phone numbers of the attendees so you can follow up
- A working speakerphone with a loud enough speaker so everyone can hear the 20th anniversary call
- Snacks and soft drinks
- Paper and pens for folks who want to take notes
- Comfortable seating for attendees
4. Find volunteers to fill discussion roles before the meeting - Here are some roles we suggest to help facilitate a successful meeting:
- A person to take notes
- A person to keep time
- A person to facilitate the discussion and keep the conversation in sync with the agenda
DURING YOUR DISCUSSION
After the conference call, you’ll want to give people a short break to go to the bathroom or refill their soft drinks. Take five minutes and then bring everyone back together.
Here’s a suggested agenda for your discussion:
I. Introduction (10 mins)
A. Welcome anybody who arrived late during the conference call and have them introduce themselves to the group.
B. Thank your volunteers and ask the group to commit to listening to the time-keeper and try to keep the conversation on time so that you can get to each agenda item.
C. Go around the room and have folks share what they will remember most about the IWJ 20th anniversary conference call.
D. Review the remaining items on the agenda and let folks know that the discussion will last about an hour.
II. What is the Pay Stub Transparency Act? (15 mins)
Facilitator’s note: see Information about the Pay Stub Transparency Act document -- you can print out copies for the group, read it out loud, or both.
A. WHY WE NEED THE ACT:
- Wage theft costs workers billions of dollars each year
- As many as 20 million Americans don’t receive pay stubs from their jobs, making it impossible for those workers to track employer deductions or to ensure full payment for every hour worked.
B. WHAT THE ACT MANDATES:
- Requires a uniform federal pay stub
- Requires employers to provide information to employees how their wages are calculated, including whether they were paid overtime
- Gives employees the right to inspect their employers’ pay records.
- Gives employees the ability to go to court to seek financial remedy when their rights to a pay stub or records inspection are violated.
- Codifies the legal presumption that if an employer fails to keep records of an employee’s pay, the employee’s own credible evidence and testimony about his or her pay is presumed to be true.
C. QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ACT
Facilitator’s note: make sure the note-taker writes down any questions that you cannot answer. You can send these questions to IWJ and we’ll get you the answers, if available.
III. Plan of Action (30 mins)
A. Review your goal: Get your U.S. House Representative to co-sponsor the Pay Stub Transparency Act. The easiest way to ask your House Representative to co-sponsor the Pay Stub Transparency Act is to call his or her office. As it happens, March 1 is a great day to plan to make calls as there will be some public events in DC around the Pay Stub Transparency Act, so planning to make some calls that day is a great way to start!
B. However, your group will know your member(s) of Congress best. Discuss whether you think a single phone call will likely move them to co-sponsor. If you don’t think that a single call will do the job, discuss making a plan for other options after March 1, including:
- A sustained phone call campaign
- A visit to the Representative’s local office
- A public rally calling on the Representative to co-sponsor
- Letters to the editor of your local newspaper
- What other ideas does your group have for asking your Representative to co-sponsor?
C. The best campaign plans follow SMART guidelines. Keep in mind these elements as you make your plan:
- Specific - be as detailed as possible in developing your plan. Keep things simple.
- Measurable - for example: how many calls are you going to make? How many letters to the editor will you submit?
- Achievable - make a plan that is realistic with tangible results.
- Relevant - make sure your plan is strategic and that you never lose focus on the goal. If a tactic doesn’t move you closer to your goal, it’s probably not the best tactic.
- Time-bound - have a timeline for your plan with a clear start and end date and time to review your campaign at the conclusion.
IV. Wrap-up (5 mins)
A. Review commitments and timeline
B. Schedule a time to debrief after your action
C. Thank everyone for participating (make sure you follow up)
AFTER YOUR DISCUSSION
- Follow up with attendees (by phone, text, email and/or face to face) with their stated commitments, agreed upon next steps.
- Send any questions about the Pay Stub Transparency Act to Interfaith Worker Justice.
- Fill out this IWJ questionnaire and let us know how the meeting went!