Republicans want to take away your Ov...

Republicans want to take away your Overtime Pay.

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“The (R)ich Party Lies!”

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#1 May 1, 2013
"This week House Republicans will introduce the misleadingly titled “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013.” Touted by Republicans as a new comp time initiative that will give hourly-paid workers the flexibility to meet family responsibilities, it is neither new nor about giving these workers much needed time off to care for their families. The bill rehashes legislation Republicans passed in the House in 1997, some 16 years ago, and that they introduced again in most subsequent Congresses. Its major effect would be to hamstring workers – likely increasing overtime hours for those who don’t want them and cutting pay for those who do.

The proposed legislation undermines the 40-hour work week that workers have long relied on to give them time to spend with their kids. The flexibility in this comp time bill would have employees working unpaid overtime hours beyond the 40-hour workweek and accruing as many as 160 hours of compensatory time. A low-paid worker making $10 an hour who accrued that much comp time in lieu of overtime pay would effectively give his or her employer an interest-free loan of $1,600 – equal to a month’s pay. That’s a lot to ask of a worker making about $20,000 a year. Indeed, any worker who accrues 160 hours of comp time will in effect have loaned his or her employer a month’s pay. This same arithmetic provides employers with a powerful incentive to increase workers’ overtime hours. Instead of having to pay time-and-a-half wages when an hourly-paid employee works longer than the standard 40-hour work week, the employer incurs no financial cost at the time the extra hours are worked."

“The (R)ich Party Lies!”

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#2 May 1, 2013
"In principle a worker’s agreement to receive comp time instead of overtime pay is supposed to be voluntary. But anyone who has worked at a $10 an hour job understands what it is to get an offer from your employer that you can’t refuse. Under the provisions of the bill, employers are not supposed to threaten, intimidate or coerce employees into agreeing to comp time in lieu of wages. But employers don’t need to resort to such tactics. Everyone understands that in this economy, with unemployment still at recession levels, the employer holds all the cards. Workers who refuse to go along with an employer’s request for comp time instead of wages know that their commitment to their employer will be questioned. They fear that in a crunch they will be vulnerable to having their hours cut or being let go. In a weak job market, very few hourly-paid workers can risk that. Without a union to protect their right to refuse to trade overtime pay for comp time, and with no funds in the bill for enforcement of these provisions, the voluntary nature of such agreements is highly suspect."

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#3 May 1, 2013

“The (R)ich Party Lies!”

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#4 May 1, 2013
I don't know about you guys but I like my overtime pay. I work a lot of overtime and I'm not for this at all. Its goes against what every American works for.

“The (R)ich Party Lies!”

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#5 May 1, 2013
"A new $20,000 ad campaign targets working women, telling them to support the deceptively named "Working Families Flexibility Act." Originally a Paul Ryan brain child, this legislation would remove the requirement to pay someone time-and-a-half when they work over 40 hours per week, in exchange for so-called "compensatory time off." The major catch – when and how that time off can be used would be determined by your employer. The ad campaign will be featured on more than 100 websites that are typically frequented by woman, and the ads focus on the bogus benefit of not having "to choose between work and family." The fact is, employers can already offer flex-time scheduling, and many already do. A worker shouldn't have to give up a federally protected employment right to get that benefit. This ad campaign – and the legislation it's supporting – is a complete sham. Call Congress today and tell them you won't give up your right to overtime pay."

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#6 May 1, 2013
infowars
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#7 May 1, 2013
Corporate America wants profits and slaves. The war on labor has been won by the corporations.
Fo Show

United States

#8 May 1, 2013
Two things stand out about this group of new Republican state senators and state house reps:

They all took big contributions from one or more the Koch brother's sham secretly funded organizations with stated goals of buying state legislatures for anti-tax & anti-any regulation on businesses.

Almost all are politically ultra-conservative religeous activist. They want to allow tax payer's money to be able to be used to fund private religious schools most of which are all white.

They have no experience in government administration and want to do away with state taxes on income without concern for how the state will be able to operate with tens of millions less in revneu. They're men & a few women after Grover Norquist own heart

You would think the Koch bros would be happy but instead they're mad are Karl Rove for failing to have this same success with all the millions they poured into federal campaigns where the GOP, not only didn't make gains, but actually suffered losses.

Thanks Koch brothers for unleashing a poorly educated group of Bible-thumping tax slashers on a state already at the bottom of so many important list like education. And thank you US Supreme Court for letting their organizations be legally funded by secret donors. No conflict there, nooooooo.

P.S.
Arkansas Democrats were very conserative historically so it's not like they got rid of a bunch of liberals..
guest

Ridgedale, MO

#10 May 2, 2013
Pay and benefits packages are agreements between employers and employees. Government has no lawful authority to impose a socialist agenda into the free market.

If an employee doesn't like the required work hours set by his employer, he is free to find employment elsewhere. Involuntary servitude in this country ended with the Civil War.
robin hood

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#11 May 2, 2013
guest wrote:
Pay and benefits packages are agreements between employers and employees. Government has no lawful authority to impose a socialist agenda into the free market.
If an employee doesn't like the required work hours set by his employer, he is free to find employment elsewhere. Involuntary servitude in this country ended with the Civil War.
you don't want goverment to tell employers how to pay the employees but you want the goverment to make everyone get insurance or be fined and you want me to pay for it. kinda double side yes
guest

United States

#12 May 2, 2013
The Labor Laws and Unions are here for good reasons, this isn't the 1890's.
Fo Show

United States

#13 May 2, 2013
guest wrote:
Pay and benefits packages are agreements between employers and employees. Government has no lawful authority to impose a socialist agenda into the free market.
If an employee doesn't like the required work hours set by his employer, he is free to find employment elsewhere. Involuntary servitude in this country ended with the Civil War.
The "free market" is such a damn joke anymore but not a funny one. There are very few markets that are truly free. All the major employers in this country get something from the government. Whether it's favorable tax legislation, incentive capital, subsidies both direct & indirect, protection against imports by tariffs, or in the awarding government contrats, it all boils down to not being a true free market. There may be a handful of businesses that truly operate by free trade definition but they're very damned few. And once they request and get favorable treatment in some form from the government it's no longer free market capitalism! And when they get favored treatment in some form from the government, they are even more obligated to abide by labor laws. As far as unions go, we've entered into one of the most greedy eras sine the days of the robber barons. Labor unions have their place in today's industry. I'm not saying some union members don't abuse the system but the fairness they help workers attain & maintain far outways any abuses. Walmart is the perfect example of a company who screw their employees and get away with it.
Truth

Jonesboro, AR

#14 May 2, 2013
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The Labor Laws and Unions are here for good reasons, this isn't the 1890's.
The unions used to be here for a reason. Now they just protect the lazy. Those who want to work hard wind up on the bad end of a union deal every time.
guest

Ridgedale, MO

#15 May 2, 2013
robin hood wrote:
you don't want goverment to tell employers how to pay the employees but you want the goverment to make everyone get insurance or be fined and you want me to pay for it. kinda double side yes
No, I don't want government to make anyone purchase insurance. It's unconstitutional.
guest

Ridgedale, MO

#16 May 2, 2013
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The Labor Laws and Unions are here for good reasons, this isn't the 1890's.
We don't need unions any more. They succeeded in getting legislation passed that protects workers.

Government intruding into salary and compensation agreements are another thing altogether.
guest

Ridgedale, MO

#17 May 2, 2013
Fo Show wrote:
The "free market" is such a damn joke anymore but not a funny one. There are very few markets that are truly free.
I don't think the free market is a joke at all. It's the engine that has given Americans the highest standard of living in the entire history of the world.

I agree that free markets are dwindling, but that's because of government intrusion advocated by socialists, aka Democrats.
guest

Ridgedale, MO

#18 May 2, 2013
Fo Show wrote:
Walmart is the perfect example of a company who screw their employees and get away with it.
No one is forced to work for Walmart. If enough people quit, Walmart would have to offer better incentives to keep their employees.

But it appears that Walmart has no trouble filling job openings with the pay and benefits it offers. That alone disproves your claim that Walmart is screwing its employees.

If you work for Walmart and don't like it, quit. If you don't work for Walmart, what it pays its employees is none of your damn business.
guest

United States

#19 May 2, 2013
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<quoted text>We don't need unions any more. They succeeded in getting legislation passed that protects workers.

Government intruding into salary and compensation agreements are another thing altogether.
We do need unions.

So tell the Republicans to leave my overtime alone
guest

United States

#20 May 2, 2013
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<quoted text>I agree that free markets are dwindling, but that's because of government intrusion advocated by socialists, aka Democrats.
It's the Republican Communists that want to remove overtime laws, not Democrats.
guest of guest

Springdale, AR

#21 May 2, 2013
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It's the Republican Communists that want to remove overtime laws, not Democrats.
Could this be the Republican Taliban that the banned LBT talked about?

A Commie with a "R" or a "D" is still a Commie.

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