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Republicans want Washington to abolish overtime pay

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SpeakUp

Eustis, FL

#1 May 6, 2013
That's right workers. If Republicans in Washington have anything to say about it, right now they are wanting to rob workers of overtime pay. Rather than overtime pay, they feel exchanging your hard earned money for an extra couple days off should justify their greed and further protection/defense of big corporate America. That party never ceases to amaze me of the extent they'll go to in order to defend greedy corporations.

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#2 May 6, 2013
More liberal spin from the spinqueen.

Employees could choose paid time off instead of overtime pay.It would be voluntary so you can chose to bank paid time off instead of taking vacation days.
speakup always lies

United States

#3 May 7, 2013
GOP seeking alternative to overtime pay in private sector
By Sam Hananel Associated Press May 07, 2013

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor wants to expand the GOP’s appeal to working families.

WASHINGTON — It seems like a simple proposition: give employees who work more than 40 hours a week the option of taking paid time off instead of overtime pay.

The choice already exists in the public sector. Federal and state workers can save earned time off and use it weeks or even months later to attend a parent-teacher conference, care for an elderly parent, or deal with home repairs.

Republicans in Congress are pushing legislation that would extend that option to the private sector. They say that would bring more flexibility to the workplace and help workers better balance family and career.

The push is part of a broader Republican agenda undertaken by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia, to expand the party’s political appeal to working families. The House is expected to vote on the measure this week, but the Democratic-controlled Senate isn’t likely to take it up.
‘‘For some people, time is more valuable than the cash that would be accrued in overtime,’’ said Representative Martha Roby, Republican of Alabama, the bill’s chief sponsor.‘‘Why should public-sector employees be given a benefit and the private sector be left out?’’

‘Any time there’s a law that will keep extra money in an employer’s bank account, they will try to push employees to make that choice.’
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The White House on Monday issued a veto threat, saying the bill undermines the right to overtime pay and doesn’t offer enough protection for workers who may not want to receive compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay.

The program was created in the public sector in 1985 to save federal, state, and local governments money, not to give workers greater flexibility, Lichtman said. Many workers in federal and state government are unionized or have civil service protections that give them more leverage in dealing with supervisors, she added. Those safeguards don’t always exist in the private sector, where only about 6.6 percent of employees are union members.

But at a hearing on the bill last month, Karen DeLoach, a bookkeeper at a Montgomery, Ala., accounting firm, said she liked the idea of swapping overtime pay for comp time so she could travel with her church on its annual mission trip to Nicaragua.

‘‘I would greatly appreciate the option at work to choose between being compensated in dollars or days,’’ she said.

The GOP plan is an effort to change the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which requires covered employees to receive time-and-a-half pay for every hour over 40 within a work week. The proposal would allow workers to bank up to 160 hours, or four weeks, of comp time per year that could be used to take time off for any reason.

The bill would let an employee decide to cash out comp time at any time, and forbids employers from coercing workers to take comp time instead of cash.

Republicans and business groups have tried to pass the plan in some form since the 1990s. Marc Freedman, executive director of labor law policy for the US Chamber of Commerce, insists it’s not about reducing wage costs.

‘‘It’s an alternative to the mandated paid leave approaches that Democrats typically support,’’ Freedman said.‘‘We believe it’s more appropriate to give employers the choice on whether they want to do this.’’
LOL

Louisville, KY

#4 May 7, 2013
I think a lot of people value the time more than money. As long as it's employee choice and still time and a half, seems like a good idea. Right now an employer and employee can't even make this agreement privately even if both want it.
speakup always lies

United States

#5 May 7, 2013
SpeakUp wrote:
That's right workers. If Republicans in Washington have anything to say about it, right now they are wanting to rob workers of overtime pay. Rather than overtime pay, they feel exchanging your hard earned money for an extra couple days off should justify their greed and further protection/defense of big corporate America. That party never ceases to amaze me of the extent they'll go to in order to defend greedy corporations.
Just like a POS lib dem to say it ok for government worker to get this right but not the real working people . When are you going to say something about al gore corparation greed?
Stray Dog

Cookeville, TN

#6 May 7, 2013
The Government needs to keep its nose out of the private sector workplace.
LOL

Louisville, KY

#7 May 7, 2013
Stray Dog wrote:
The Government needs to keep its nose out of the private sector workplace.
Well, that would be good but unless the private sector passes its own labor laws, they're already there and have been for a long time. This is just an option for the employee, one they should have. It's not a mandate to eliminate pay.
Clay City

London, KY

#8 May 7, 2013
LOL wrote:
I think a lot of people value the time more than money. As long as it's employee choice and still time and a half, seems like a good idea. Right now an employer and employee can't even make this agreement privately even if both want it.
The way i looked at it,you gave up your overtime money for regular pay time off,still a good deal, but a lot of workers depend on that overtime to make ends meet.And they could choose that.
Stray Dog

Cookeville, TN

#9 May 7, 2013
LOL wrote:
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Well, that would be good but unless the private sector passes its own labor laws, they're already there and have been for a long time. This is just an option for the employee, one they should have. It's not a mandate to eliminate pay.
I know very well what it is. Options are good for the employees, but can be bad for the employer. Anytime the employer is in a position to owe the employee a day off, it can be bad. The Government has intruded too much already. Government regulations and labor unions are the reasons companies and jobs leave the country. Did you know that Reese cups are now made in Mexico?
LOL

Louisville, KY

#10 May 7, 2013
That seems unclear but workers could bank 160 hours which would be cashable at any time. Seems to me to be fair it would have to be time and a half. That's not the way government comp time works but the majority of those workers are exempt from overtime anyway.
The primary issue here is it is clearly to be optional and not mandated but we have an inherent distrust from employees in this country.
Also if either party introduced a bill that says a bear has the right to crap in the woods, the other party would argue there must be bear outhouses for bear privacy.
Just a fact

Hopkinsville, KY

#11 May 7, 2013
SpeakUp wrote:
That's right workers. If Republicans in Washington have anything to say about it, right now they are wanting to rob workers of overtime pay. Rather than overtime pay, they feel exchanging your hard earned money for an extra couple days off should justify their greed and further protection/defense of big corporate America. That party never ceases to amaze me of the extent they'll go to in order to defend greedy corporations.
Yup, they long for the years of 1850-1930. When workers had no rights. People are so blind and stupid to history and the sacrifices and hard ships the past generations worked through so they could have better work conditions and rights.

The right has blinded and dumb’ed down their people to the extent that they would slit their own throats if the right wing theotards told them to or maybe even sacrifice their own sons.(boy that sounds familiar!, where have I heard that before?)

Why should they worry? I mean this life does not matter....only the treasures they will have in heaven matters.....hummmmm well if that was true seems like ppl like mitt romney would not need even more tan 250 million in the bank....but if you notice ppl like him never have enough. He sure does think HE is taking it with him!!!!!

Ask a 30 year old about the union movement and the history of child labor and fair pay and safe work environments and he will be clueless and have no answer....but ask him about some winner from American Idol and he will give you a rundown of the past 5 years...

The dumbin’ down in America is rampant.

Ask a female in her 30's about the women’s suffrage movement and she will be clueless....but ask her what honey boo boo's pet pigs name was and she will answer in a flash.

Fill'em with silly religion, fill'em with useless info, and control them well!

Stop sucking the cock of the rich!!!!!!!!!!
WillyP

Bowling Green, KY

#12 May 7, 2013
SpeakUp wrote:
That's right workers. If Republicans in Washington have anything to say about it, right now they are wanting to rob workers of overtime pay. Rather than overtime pay, they feel exchanging your hard earned money for an extra couple days off should justify their greed and further protection/defense of big corporate America. That party never ceases to amaze me of the extent they'll go to in order to defend greedy corporations.
Nice try Spitup! There's probably at least one moron on here who'll actually believe you.
weezy

London, KY

#13 May 7, 2013
Take a really good look at what republicans have done lately WillyP.
Hal Rogers just gave his daughter allison another million of our tax dollars. That is the second time hes done that.
Mitch Mcconnell went from broke to approx 32 million in 16 years and that man has never had a real job in his life. He is a career politician.
I have to ask you. what about either of those two do you admire most?
In my opinion both should have the opportunity to feel the impact of mandatory minimum sentencing biting them on the butt.
Politicians like those two are nothing but a stumbling block to progress unless they can divert the majority of the bucks to their favorite charity. And we already know who that is dont we?
WillyP

Bowling Green, KY

#14 May 7, 2013
You're assuming that I think Rogers and McConnell are honest upstanding citizens with my best interests at heart. Nothing could be farther from the truth and as far as I'm concerned, a pox on both their houses. My belief is that most professional politicians are crooks and about all I can do is vote for the crook who'll do the least damage to the country. Lately, my judgment is that as bad as Republicans are, they're not as bad as Democrats. If fact, there's a few new Republicans in office that I believe are honorable people who will do the right thing. I can't say the same about any Democrat politician, old or new.
SpeakUp

Eustis, FL

#15 May 7, 2013
The Real Just Me wrote:
More liberal spin from the spinqueen.
Employees could choose paid time off instead of overtime pay.It would be voluntary so you can chose to bank paid time off instead of taking vacation days.
Banking paid time doesn't mean you're paid overtime rate for those hours. Let's be specific when we discuss things if you don't mind. Republicans are trying to get around overtime pay and "banking" hours does not = overtime rate. Are we clear?
SpeakUp

Eustis, FL

#16 May 7, 2013
WillyP wrote:
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Nice try Spitup! There's probably at least one moron on here who'll actually believe you.
It's not a try. It's a FACT. I notice you're the moron that fell for the above post trying to skate around the FACTS. Let me also be clear with you. Paid time off does NOT = Overtime rate. So what a worker would be doing for example, would be getting 40 hrs. off Regular pay (i.e.$10/Hr.) versus $15. Now if you'd like to allow them paid time off and pay them an overtime rate for that time off, then you might have a position. Funny little thing is... you don't. If it weren't a savings plan for the Republicans and their fat cats, why on earth would it even be an issue in Washington period? You're not that stupid....are you? And please, don't try to shove the "choice" thing down my throat, but of course Republicans realize there's a ton of idiots out there that'll fall for it. Go figger! Is there anything else you morons would like to cheat the workers out of ? Oh, and they might need your help as well in Bangladesh to help sifle thru the remains of over 600 slaves in the burned rubble...slaves who benefited your corporate America @$38/Mo. pay and no safety regulations. How does that make you sleep at night CG?
SpeakUp

Eustis, FL

#17 May 7, 2013
weezy wrote:
Take a really good look at what republicans have done lately WillyP.
Hal Rogers just gave his daughter allison another million of our tax dollars. That is the second time hes done that.
Mitch Mcconnell went from broke to approx 32 million in 16 years and that man has never had a real job in his life. He is a career politician.
I have to ask you. what about either of those two do you admire most?
In my opinion both should have the opportunity to feel the impact of mandatory minimum sentencing biting them on the butt.
Politicians like those two are nothing but a stumbling block to progress unless they can divert the majority of the bucks to their favorite charity. And we already know who that is dont we?
Ah, weezy, they probably have their own private foundation they "donate" to. lmao I bet they could even pay themselves a salary through that Foundation...don't you?
Ralph

London, KY

#18 May 8, 2013
SpeakUp wrote:
That's right workers. If Republicans in Washington have anything to say about it, right now they are wanting to rob workers of overtime pay. Rather than overtime pay, they feel exchanging your hard earned money for an extra couple days off should justify their greed and further protection/defense of big corporate America. That party never ceases to amaze me of the extent they'll go to in order to defend greedy corporations.
Did Stewart or HuffPo run a special? lol

"WASHINGTON — It seems like a simple proposition: give employees who work more than 40 hours a week the option of taking paid time off instead of overtime pay.

The choice already exists in the public sector. Federal and state workers can save earned time off and use it weeks or even months later to attend a parent-teacher conference, care for an elderly parent, or deal with home repairs.

Republicans in Congress are pushing legislation that would extend that option to the private sector. They say that would bring more flexibility to the workplace and help workers better balance family and career."

"The choice already exist in the private sector." Seems the 800# gorilly in the room was asleep during that instruction. Why do you and that pilot fish hehe always have to lie? Post misleading BS with no links?
Ralph

London, KY

#19 May 8, 2013
http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/05/0...

It is already in effect and the folks seem to like CHOICE (ever hear of it?).

"The push is part of a broader Republican agenda undertaken by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia, to expand the party’s political appeal to working families. The House is expected to vote on the measure this week, but the Democratic-controlled Senate isn’t likely to take it up."

It works, the workers like the choice. Employers are still paying them for their time only it is deferred until used. Vacation anyone?
Ralph

London, KY

#20 May 8, 2013
Just a fact wrote:
<quoted text>
Yup, they long for the years of 1850-1930. When workers had no rights. People are so blind and stupid to history and the sacrifices and hard ships the past generations worked through so they could have better work conditions and rights.
The right has blinded and dumb’ed down their people to the extent that they would slit their own throats if the right wing theotards told them to or maybe even sacrifice their own sons.(boy that sounds familiar!, where have I heard that before?)
Why should they worry? I mean this life does not matter....only the treasures they will have in heaven matters.....hummmmm well if that was true seems like ppl like mitt romney would not need even more tan 250 million in the bank....but if you notice ppl like him never have enough. He sure does think HE is taking it with him!!!!!
Ask a 30 year old about the union movement and the history of child labor and fair pay and safe work environments and he will be clueless and have no answer....but ask him about some winner from American Idol and he will give you a rundown of the past 5 years...
The dumbin’ down in America is rampant.
Ask a female in her 30's about the women’s suffrage movement and she will be clueless....but ask her what honey boo boo's pet pigs name was and she will answer in a flash.
Fill'em with silly religion, fill'em with useless info, and control them well!
Stop sucking the cock of the rich!!!!!!!!!!
MSNBC, Stewart, Colbert, Leno and you are attempting to break into the comedy industry. I admire your gumption.

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