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March 12, 2014 | 3,793 views | 26 comments

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Already on an Anti-Middle Class, Anti-Worker Hot Streak, Will Republicans Now Object to the President’s Plans to Give Overtime Workers the Overdue Raise They Deserve?

Washington DC -- Americans United for Change hailed the President’s decision to lift a significant barrier that has prevented far too many hardworking Americans from moving up into the middle class. AT ISSUE: current government policy on overtime pay is woefully out of date for millions of salaried American workers including secretaries, bookkeepers, fast-food managers, computer technicians and other workers classified as “executive or professional” employees.

Today businesses are not required to pay overtime to these kinds of workers if they earn more than $455 a week, which amounts to less than $24,000 a year. With the Obama administration’s welcome announcement this week it will soon direct the Labor Department to lift this unfair and outdated threshold and give many overtime workers the raise they deserve, AUFC called on Republicans in Congress to break their losing streak of positions against the middle class and support the effort.

Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “From rabid opposition to raising the minimum wage, to blocking unemployment benefits for constituents who can’t find work in a 3-applicant-for-every-job economy, to efforts to keep millions of Americans uninsured and vulnerable again to big insurance discrimination and abuse, Republicans in Congress are already on quite an anti-worker, anti-middle class tear. It would come as no surprise if Republicans add opposition to paying those who are working long, hard hours what they deserve to the litany of ways they would stand in the way of Americans entering the middle class just so corporate CEOs can cash bigger bonus checks.

"President Obama should be commended for recognizing the problem Americans are facing with respect to wages and income and for taking decisive action to help more Americans get ahead. If Republicans want to add denying overtime pay to millions of hardworking Americans to their anti-worker agenda they will do so at their own peril.”

It’s definitely time for change. According to the Economic Policy Institute: ‘Americans are working longer hours and are more productive--yet wages are largely flat. Indeed, the median worker saw a wage increase of just 5.0 percent between 1979 and 2012, despite overall productivity growth of 74.5 percent. One reason Americans’ paychecks are not keeping pace with their productivity is that millions of middle-class and even lower-middle-class workers are working overtime and not getting paid for it.’ As EPI notes, the Secretary of Labor has the authority to raise the salary threshold and as a result, millions of salaried workers would be guaranteed the right to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in a week.
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Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
March 19, 2014 4:27pm
Do YOU know anyone who makes minimum wage? Even my grandkids make more than that with their after-school jobs. Of course, if teenagers want to get experience, I wouldn't blame them if they only got minimum wage. You have to ... More ›

brahma fan  
March 19, 2014 11:30am
Bob, not asking anything...just stating I do understand where those who believe these "good natured" laws do indeed help American workers are getting those ideas. They simply are not in lead business management positions ... More ›

Beji Amhoudi  
La Vernia  
March 19, 2014 11:23am
This is yet another gear in Obama's machine to destroy America. First, we pass a healthcare law that essentially forces employers with part-time staff to limit their hours < 30 (ten less than before) per week. That means ... More ›

squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
March 19, 2014 11:20am
Bob, that bait doesn't appear to be credible, so I'll just swim along. :-)

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
March 19, 2014 11:10am
Brahma, I don't know what you are asking of me or trying to tell me in your last response, but understand I am on the side of the working man. I think it's pathetic that ObamaCare and all the other laws and regulations ... More ›

brahma fan  
March 19, 2014 10:42am
Bob, I speak from personally knowing dozens in Wilson county alone that their working hours have been cut to below 28 hours so that they do not have to offer health care under the new obamacare now they still work ... More ›

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
March 19, 2014 10:42am
Squawk I already said you questioned the validity of some of my points. I am asking you for your suggestions on how I can improve on the quality of what I write.

squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
March 19, 2014 9:32am
Pritts....Validity is in the eye of the beholder. I have already spoken about your article which you vowed to not speak any further. Of course you also promised to enlighten the uneducated masses about the effects of austerity.

March 19, 2014 9:24am
The AUFC president spoke at a summit meeting of the OFA on Nov 4, in support of the ACA. Nuff said. This article should forever squelch the local left complaints that the WCN never publishes articles written by progressive ... More ›

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
March 19, 2014 9:06am
Squawk, Since I didn't write this piece, why don't you fill others in on what quality I could have added to my open letter to John Boehner. After all, you criticized and mocked many of its valid points.

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