Paychecks are for workers, not big banks

More and more workers are being paid on debit cards, not paychecks. Iowa Senate File 460 aims to stop workers from having their pay be nickled and dimed.

Last week, the Senate Labor and Business Relations Committee voted for SF 460. It will make sure employees can choose how they are paid: check, direct deposit, or payroll debit card, and it will regulate fees associated with these forms of payments.

The bill will likely be voted by the full Senate next week and we need your help TODAY so it passes. Take action to stand up for Iowa workers!

Many Iowans, largely low wage workers and people of color, are being paid through a payroll debit card. Meaning, Iowa workers aren’t getting paychecks each pay period. This form of payment is an injustice workers should not have to bear, particularly on top of already low wages— it’s another way to strip wealth from our communities.

  • These debit cards have many fees attached to them.
  • Individuals are being charged to access their wages, use the debit card for transactions, to access balance account information, etc.
  • Many cards don’t even have the name of the employee on it and are charged excessive amounts to replace a lost card.

Because of these fees, many Iowa workers are making less than the minimum wage. Some places that pay their employees with these cards are McDonalds, Bath and Body Works, Taco Bell, Men’s Warehouse and the Limited. These are a few among many. Read Vanessa’s story on experiencing this unjust treatment.

People deserve a real paycheck, not a debit card that charges fees to get the money you earned. Tell your legislators to support SF 460!


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