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  • Obama's Overtime Gambit

    03/23/2014 12:14:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | March 23, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    If you take an economics course, you may learn about the different events that can cause an increase in workers' pay. The demand for the product a worker makes may rise, causing the demand for workers to go up. The supply of workers may decline, causing employers to bid up wages to keep the ones they have. But there's one event the textbooks don't cover: The president of the United States gives you a raise. Many workers will get news to the effect that he has done just that. But it's not as simple as it sounds. Barack Obama thinks...
  • The Law That Lets Obama Demagogue Overtime Pay And Puts The Squeeze On Oregon Berry Farmers

    03/18/2014 9:20:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 18, 2014 | George Leef
    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was passed in 1938, one of those statist measures that FDR and his allies said were necessary to combat the Depression. It is the law that puts federal politicians and especially bureaucrats in the Department of Labor in charge of key aspects of labor contracts, including the minimum wage and mandatory overtime pay. Lately, the FLSA has gotten itself into the news. Obama insists on raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, but that’s rather old news. Last week, he declared that the Labor Department would revise the rules on overtime...
  • Business groups stunned as Obama moves to hike overtime pay

    03/13/2014 12:17:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/13/2014 | Benjamin Goad
    Business groups and congressional Republicans are blasting regulations President Obama will announce Thursday that could extend overtime pay to as many as 10 million workers who are now ineligible for it. While liberals lauded the plan as putting more cash in the pockets of millions of workers, business groups warned it would damage the economy and Republicans said it was another example of executive overreach. Trade associations already battling the White House over a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour said they were blindsided by the announcement. “This came as a shot out of the blue,”...
  • Obama Overtime Directive Sure To Undermine Employment

    03/12/2014 4:38:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies ^ | March 12, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Imperial Presidency: The White House says it will constrain companies from deciding which workers are white-collar enough not to punch a time card for overtime. We need more jobs, not more job-killing regulation. 'America does not stand still, and neither will I" is how President Obama defends playing God with the law, instead of acting as a constitutionally constrained chief executive. His rationale is that "wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do." From scrapping ObamaCare's mandates to disguising his health takeover's failure, to hiking the...
  • Obama to force businesses to pay more employees overtime

    03/12/2014 3:08:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/12/2014 | AllahPundit
    Unlike his various “fixes” for ObamaCare, there actually is some statutory basis for this move. In both cases, though, he’s following the same rule: Even if the policy isn’t good, the politics are, and that makes it worth doing.It’s a logical corollary to his push to raise the minimum wage. If, in the name of fairness and income equality, we can tell businesses how much to pay their lowest-ranking employees, we should also tell them how much to pay their middle managers, no? Under current federal regulations, workers who are deemed executive, administrative or professional employees can be denied overtime...
  • Obama to order expansion of overtime pay for millions of workers

    03/12/2014 5:19:04 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 80 replies
    Foxnews ^ | March 12, 2014 | Foxnews
    Feb. 12. 2014: President Obama, surrounded by workers, signs an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers.AP President Obama, flexing his executive authority once again, plans to order the Labor Department to expand overtime pay requirements to include millions more workers -- in a move likely to rankle the business community. The president plans to make the announcement on Thursday at the White House, a senior administration official confirmed to Fox News. Though the administration has claimed previous executive actions had bipartisan support, officials are acknowledging that this particular move will anger business groups and congressional...
  • Calif. law will require OT for domestic workers

    09/26/2013 7:42:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 26, 2013 | By LAURA OLSON
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that will temporarily require overtime pay for domestic workers in California, after he vetoed a broader measure last year that critics said would have opened the door for government regulation of part-time baby-sitting. "Domestic workers are primarily women of color, many of them immigrants, and their work has not been respected in the past," the bill's author, Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco, said in a statement. "Now, they will be entitled to overtime, like just about every other California working person."
  • Bank of America intern dies after reportedly working 3 straight days

    08/20/2013 5:28:47 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 56 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8/20/2013 | CNBC
    A 21-year-old intern who worked grueling hours at Bank of America's London office died just a week before his internship was to conclude. Moritz Erhardt, who studied at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany, reportedly had worked until 6 a.m. for three days straight and was found dead in his flat.
  • Officials: Light Rail Maintenance Shop Under Investigation(MPLS)

    04/18/2013 4:41:28 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    kstp ^ | 4-17-13 | jay kolls
    Metro Transit officials confirm there is a major investigation underway at its light rail Hiawatha maintenance shop. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has learned the investigation started in December and is still in progress. Metro Transit says it does involve staff at the maintenance facility, but would not specify which employees were under investigation. Sources tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS it does involve managers as well as hourly employees. Those same sources say part of the allegations that lead to the investigation include the exchange of pills and firearms for coveted overtime shifts at the maintenance facility.
  • Capitol janitors making ‘ends meet’ with overtime? Nope

    03/06/2013 7:48:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    wapo ^ | 3/613 | Glenn Kessler
    “You know, those Capitol janitors will not get as much overtime. I’m sure they think less pay, that they’re taking home, does hurt.” — Gene Sperling, director of the White House economic council, on ABC News’ “This Week,” March 3, 2013 “On the issue of the janitors, if you work for an hourly wage and you earn overtime, and you depend on that overtime to make ends meet, it is simply a fact that a reduction in overtime is a reduction in your pay.” — White House spokesman Jay Carney, news briefing, March 4 At a news conference last Friday,...
  • Public pension 'spiking': No one's monitoring overtime spiking in Minnesota

    12/09/2012 6:23:51 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-9-12 | MaryJo Webster and Christopher Magan
    It's unknown how many public employees are spiking their pensions by working huge amounts of overtime. The problem is that no one is watching. And that lack of oversight means it is also unclear whether there's any financial impact on Minnesota's public pension funds. Some experts say it's become a pervasive problem nationally, at least among public workers who have the ability to work overtime in their final years before retirement. "It angers those who are playing by the rules," said Ed Siedle, a Florida-based lawyer who has been dubbed the "pension detective" for his work uncovering abuse and fraud....
  • Most Orlandfirefighters made more than $100,000 (ILLINOIS)

    07/20/2011 8:15:19 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 20, 2011 | Andy Grimm and Steve Schmadeke,
    Most Orland firefighters made more than $100,000 in 2010 Overtime added nearly $2 million to $21 million payroll By Andy Grimm and Steve Schmadeke, Tribune reporters July 20, 2011 The leaders of the Orland Fire Protection District say they're the best fire department in the state. At a minimum, they are probably among the best-paid, figures released Tuesday show. Of the 108 firefighters, lieutenants and engineers on the southwest suburban department's payroll last year, 79 were paid more than $100,000, according to salary data provided by new fire district board President James Hickey. Those paychecks were pumped up by overtime...
  • $159K bus driver no longer tops the list of highest earners in Madison city government

    06/07/2011 6:19:39 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    Madison's highest paid employee no longer drives a bus - not even close. Only one Metro Transit driver used overtime and other extra earnings to make more than $100,000 in 2010, down from seven six-figure-salary operators the previous year, a Wisconsin State Journal analysis of city records shows. In fact, after Metro added more drivers and spread overtime work, operators dropped from the city's 25 top earners last year. "We need to be true to our mission - safety, reliability and cost-effective service," Kamp said. "I think we're on a sustainable course." Bus driver John E. Nelson made $113,973 to...
  • Swedes working overtime at record levels

    03/20/2011 4:43:49 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 36 replies · 1+ views ^ | 03/18/2011 | TT/The Local/dl
    Employees at the Volkswagen plants in Germany only have to work 28.8 hours a week (altough many of them agree to work overtime). Over here in Sweden, assembly line workers in the car industry seldom enjoy a whole weekend off. Working 60-70 hours a week and trying to run a family at the same time is very common in my part of the World. In this regard, Swedish work conditions are almost at an 19th century level. The article: "As the economy continues to heat up, Swedes are working more overtime than ever before, with extra hours clocked in some...
  • Madison Law enforcement costs through February: $4 million to $5 million

    03/03/2011 7:38:39 AM PST · by chickadee · 13 replies
    JS Online ^ | 3/2/2011 | Don Walker
    Madison -- Administration Secretary Michael Huebsch estimated Wednesday that law enforcement costs to provide security at the State Capitol through February would likely total $4 million to $5 million.
  • Cemex (huge Mexican cement company) will pay back overtime

    12/31/2010 6:57:36 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 9 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 31 December 2010 | Jenalia Moreno
    <p>Cemex (stock symbol CX on NYSE) agreed to pay $1.5 million in overtime back wages to 1,705 current and former ready-mix drivers in eight states, including Texas, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday.</p> <p>The department began an investigation in Tampa, Fla., where it found drivers paid by the truck load were not compensated for overtime between Sept. 11, 2006, and Sept. 11, 2008.</p>
  • South Korea Works Overtime To Tackle Vacation Shortage (Leads World in Refusing to Take Vacations)

    03/06/2010 1:11:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 587+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/02/2010 | Evan Ramstad and Jaeyeon Woo
    SEOUL—The government here is cracking down on vacations: Workers, it seems, aren't taking enough of them. South Koreans were told for decades to sacrifice everything to build the country's economy. Now South Koreans are world-champion workaholics, according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, logging more hours a year on the job than people in any other developed country. The government is trying to change that. The ministry in charge of government personnel issued a directive in January requiring the country's one million state workers to submit to their bosses a plan to take 16 days off this year....
  • NFL Ponders Changing Overtime Rules. Kind of.

    03/01/2010 2:56:23 PM PST · by Perdogg · 44 replies · 2,107+ views
    Fanway ^ | 03.01.10
    Not a fan of the current NFL overtime rules? Think that too much emphasis is placed on the coin toss? Does overtime put the onus on the kicker? Does the NFL completely suck while college football is the “best thing ever?” Then you may just be in luck as the National Football League is pondering changes to their current overtime structure
  • Minnesota Guard's Red Bull soldiers shorted $10 million in OT (UPDATE)

    02/03/2010 6:16:35 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 15 replies · 596+ views ^ | 2/3/10 | Kevin Diaz
    More than 2,500 Minnesota National Guard soldiers who are owed a total of $10 million in overtime pay for their deployment in Iraq three years ago are still being told that the check's in the mail. Now members of the Minnesota congressional delegation are pressing the Pentagon to make good on the long-overdue checks to the state's famed 34th ("Red Bull") Infantry Division, which served in Iraq longer than any other U.S. military unit. Confronting Defense Secretary Robert Gates in an Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday, Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., thundered: "My question is when can these soldiers expect to...
  • Spread the Work

    10/05/2009 1:37:19 PM PDT · by arthurus · 3 replies · 218+ views ^ | 1979 | Henry Hazlitt
    But there are other schemes for “spreading the work,” often put forward by union spokesmen and legislators. The most frequent of these is the proposal to shorten the working week, usually by law. The belief that it would “spread the work” and “give more jobs” was one of the main reasons behind the inclusion of the penaltyovertime provision in the existing Federal Wage-Hour Law. The previous legislation in the states, forbidding the employment of women or minors for more, say, than forty-eight hours a week, was based on the conviction that longer hours were injurious to health and morale. Some...
  • [Colorado State] Troopers Have Yet To Be Paid For DNC Overtime

    12/02/2008 7:18:17 AM PST · by Oyarsa · 20 replies · 783+ views
    CBS 4 Denver ^ | 12/01/08 | Rick Sallinger
    Dec 1, 2008 7:34 pm US/Mountain Troopers Have Yet To Be Paid For DNC Overtime DENVER (CBS4) ― Colorado state troopers say it's been more than three months since the Democratic National Convention and they have yet to get compensated for their overtime. The economy is bad and the holiday season is here and the extra money or time off that some troopers counted on has yet to be approved. There seem to be a lot of factors of work in the hold up, including an extraordinary event, troopers were used from around the state, and asking federal government to...
  • French tax-free overtime gets mixed response

    10/16/2007 10:59:04 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 96+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 10/17/07 | Pan Kwan Yuk
    Delpeyrat is the kind of company French president Nicolas Sarkozy believed he would give a boost to when he introduced a measure on tax-free overtime pay earlier this month. As one of France’s leading foie gras producers, every October Delpeyrat has the arduous task of recruiting the same 260 seasonal workers needed to ensure that production at its factory in south-west France keeps up with the flood of pre-Christmas orders. The job is easier said than done. With students back at university during autumn and a local population of just 7,500 people – 32,000 if you count the surrounding satellite...
  • Laborers Sue For Overtime Pay-Immigrants Accuse Firm of Fraud[Illegals]{Maryland}

    02/27/2007 6:29:21 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 8 replies · 455+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 27 Feb 2007 | Ruben Castaneda
    A federal lawsuit filed in Greenbelt alleges that a Maryland company that paints luxury condominiums in the District defrauded Latino immigrant workers who routinely worked 60 hours or more a week by failing to pay them overtime. The company, SCCP Painting Contractors Inc., also allegedly did not pay the four plaintiffs named in the suit for their final two weeks of work. One of the workers, Ivan Aplicano, 34, of Gaithersburg said in an interview yesterday that he worked 113 hours during his last two weeks with the company. Its refusal to pay him after he was fired in April...
  • HPD officer charged in traffic ticket sting

    01/21/2007 12:22:55 PM PST · by eastforker · 15 replies · 481+ views
    houston chronicle ^ | Jan. 20, 2007, 3:11PM | MATT STILES
    A veteran Houston police officer has been relieved of duty and charged with felony bribery after investigators say he took cash in exchange for not issuing a traffic citation, department officials said today. Police allege that senior officer Alfred Alaniz, an accident investigator who joined the force in 1986, took an unspecified amount of money in an undercover sting.
  • They were paid how much?

    11/02/2006 11:08:19 AM PST · by libertylovinactivist · 34 replies · 1,101+ views
    Here's an example of the overtime orgy, as outlined by Triantaphilides in his report to the City Council and the retirement board on Tuesday: In 2005, a police corporal was paid a base salary of $70,429 and earned a stunning $78,231 for 1,630 hours of overtime, bringing total compensation to $148,660.
  • CHP sped use of overtime pay (California Highway Patrol)

    07/14/2006 7:38:03 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 3 replies · 648+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 14, 2006 | John Hill
    As the state's fiscal year came to a close, the California Highway Patrol sped up its use of budgeted overtime pay in May and June, with at least one CHP division urging its workers to rack up extra hours. The Valley Division's officers "did an excellent job of using up overtime, spending nearly $943,000 since May 14," according to a June 14 e-mail obtained by The Bee. "Now we are counting on non-uniformed employees to make a dent." The division's commander, Stan Pérez, "has granted approval for every non-uniformed employee under Valley Division to use as much overtime as they...
  • City (of Los Angeles) still ablaze with OT

    04/23/2006 10:17:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 531+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 4.23.06 | Beth Barrett
    Despite two years of trying to trim lucrative overtime pay for city firefighters, more than a dozen pulled in $100,000, or more, in OT last year, a Daily News analysis shows. Fifteen of the 17 firefighters earned more in overtime pay than their base salaries, and two made more than $175,000 in OT that bumped their gross pay to more than $268,000 - about $5,000 more than their boss, Chief William Bamattre. With base pay, OT and other pay and bonuses, firefighters and their bosses accounted for nearly two-thirds of the 100 city workers who earned more than $200,000 last...
  • Calling in sick..

    02/06/2006 11:06:48 AM PST · by sully777 · 59 replies · 1,576+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Feb 6, 2006 10:20 AM ET
    LONDON (Reuters) - More British workers will call in "sick" Monday than on any other day in 2006, many opting to make their excuses by text message or by phoning in with an artistic cough or splutter, research revealed Monday. Widespread dissatisfaction with holiday allowances combined with a post-Christmas comedown will contribute to thousands of Britons, who work some of the longest hours in Europe, staying at home to recharge their batteries. "Early February is a very popular time for taking a 'sickie', the first bank holiday still seems a long way off, the days are gloomy and many people...
  • MBTA tackles rampant absences

    01/21/2006 11:16:30 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies · 709+ views
    Globe Newspaper Company ^ | January 21, 2006 | Mac Daniel
    MBTA officials say rampant absenteeism is hurting bus and subway service, discouraging riders, and eating away at the agency's finances by forcing it to pay overtime. ...about 35 percent of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's roughly 6,000 employees were absent for 11 or more days in 2004, and 16 percent were absent 26 or more days. Khalida Smalls, coordinator for the watchdog group called the T Riders Union, said yesterday that excessive absenteeism directly affects passengers. ''People stand at their bus stop at 4:45 waiting for a bus that doesn't show up," ...
  • Contra Costa's expenses for overtime up $1 million

    11/11/2005 10:24:32 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 203+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 11/11/5 | Rebecca Rosen Lum
    Last year, Contra Costa County paid more than $24.3 million in overtime, nearly a million dollars more than the year before. As one of a diminishing number of counties that still runs a fire department and a hospital, Contra Costa can expect to continue hemorrhaging overtime dollars, one expert says. Kern, Los Angeles and Ventura counties also maintain a hospital and fire department -- which, like law enforcement, compel overtime to see that shifts are covered. Unions say counties would rather pay employees overtime than hire more staff members, because then they would have to pay for health care and...
  • Overworked no more - National group working hard to give Americans a break

    10/22/2005 8:07:54 AM PDT · by Reeses · 18 replies · 366+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, October 22, 2005 | Teresa Castle
    ... A survey by the Families and Work Institute in New York found that 1 in 3 Americans feels chronically overworked, and a study by the American Sleep Institute found that 50 percent of Americans would be willing to work fewer hours for less pay. As companies across the nation feverishly downsize and restructure to improve their bottom lines, overtime hours have crept up and now average four to five hours a week, 25 percent more than a decade ago, says Lonnie Golden, an overtime expert at Pennsylvania State University. A lot of that is forced overtime, and 50- or...
  • Aviation Related News Clippings...

    06/03/2005 8:53:00 AM PDT · by MoodyBlu · 6 replies · 487+ views
    Various | 06/03/2005 | Various
    6/03/05 Daily News Clippings New York Times "FAA Says Controllers Abuse Overtime" Washington Post "FAA Faults Air Traffic Controllers; N.Y. Workers Accused of Abusing Overtime and Sick Leave" Associated Press State & Local Wire "FAA, after studying NY facility, disputes claims of threats to air safety made by traffic controllers union" Newsday (New York) "Report says air safety threatened" ABC-7 (New York) "Air Traffic Controllers Under Fire" Aviation Daily "FAA Finds Controller Overtime Abuse in NY, No Staff Shortage" Air Transport World "FAA blasts controller union over 'inefficient and wasteful practices'" PR Newswire (FAA Release) "FAA Investigation Into New York...
  • Vanity-Did Bush Cut First Responders Overtime Pay? Need An Update

    05/10/2005 11:38:37 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 9 replies · 597+ views
    U.S. Government | 5-10-05 | my favorite headache
    I have been trying to do some research on whether or not the cuts went into effect for first responders i.e. fire fighters, paramedics, police etc...that was supposed to be passed through the Senate late last year. All I seem to find is articles from 2004 about overtime cuts for different industries like retail and other industries. Can some Freepers point me to some good articles explaining Bush's position on this and if he truly proposed the cuts in their funding? I have never been 100 percent clear on this and I don't want to stick my foot in my...
  • Kerry-Edwards Plan for Law Enforcement: On January 21, 2005, Weaken Your Right to Overtime

    10/19/2004 3:31:40 PM PDT · by FreeperinRATcage · 2 replies · 370+ views
    Fraternal Order of Police ^ | 10/15/04 | FOP Press Release
    Today National President Chuck Canterbury said that vice presidential candidate John Edwards' promise to overturn the new Federal overtime regulations revealed either a fundamental misunderstanding of their positive impact on public safety employees, or an early assurance of the political payback his trial lawyer colleagues can expect to receive in a Kerry-Edwards Administration. Speaking in Sioux City, Iowa, on Thursday, Edwards stated that "the first day John Kerry is sworn into office, we're going to reverse the overtime rule." "It's good to know in October that if elected they are not going to waste any time in dismantling the historic...
  • Protestors Ransack Bush/Cheney Headquarters In Orlando

    10/05/2004 7:25:14 PM PDT · by litany_of_lies · 59 replies · 3,915+ views
    Local 6 News Orlando, FL ^ | October 5, 2004 (9:10 pm latest update) | Local 6 News
    Protestors Ransack Bush/Cheney Headquarters In Orlando 2 People Receive Minor Injuries During Protest POSTED: 6:05 pm EDT October 5, 2004 UPDATED: 9:10 pm EDT October 5, 2004 ORLANDO, Fla. -- A group of protestors stormed and then ransacked a Bush-Cheney headquarters building in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, according to Local 6 News. Protestors Storm, Ransack Bush-Cheney Headquarters In Orlando Download RealPlayer Local 6 News reported that several people from the group of 100 Orlando protestors face possible assault charges after the group forced their way inside the Republican headquarters office. While in the building, some of the protestors drew horns and...
  • Louisville Firefighter Overtime pay calculated incorrectly, judge rules

    09/15/2004 12:47:20 PM PDT · by BradJ · 2 replies · 360+ views
    Courier Journal ^ | 9/15/04 | Joseph Gerth
    The Louisville metro government owes millions of dollars in overtime to firefighters after a Jefferson circuit judge ruled that officials for years calculated the pay incorrectly. Jefferson Circuit Judge Lisabeth Hughes Abramson has sided with firefighters who sued the old city of Louisville for failing to calculate their overtime based on their total salaries, rather than their base pay. The exact amount of back pay owed still is being determined. (snip) If the court agrees, Oldfather estimated the metro government would owe $10 million to $35 million to some 700 current and former firefighters. Herb Segal, who represents the Louisville...
  • House Votes To Block Overtime Rules

    09/09/2004 2:41:09 PM PDT · by technomage · 6 replies · 406+ views
    AP | 9/9/2004 | Jim Abrams
    House Votes to Block New Overtime Rules JIM ABRAMS In a sharp rebuke of a new administration policy, the House moved Thursday to block the Labor Department from carrying out overtime rules that critics argued could deprive millions of workers of their overtime pay. The 223-193 vote in favor of blocking the new overtime rules defied the White House, which has threatened to veto a massive spending bill now on the House floor if it contains any language tampering with the rules that took effect Aug. 23. Democrats, united against the rules, were joined by some 20 Republicans in voting...
  • White House Threatens Veto Over Overtime Pay Issue

    09/08/2004 6:06:50 PM PDT · by ohioconservative · 15 replies · 665+ views
    AP/KC Star ^ | 09.08.04 | Jim Abrams
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Wednesday warned of a presidential veto of a $142.5 billion spending bill if Democrats pushed through an amendment that would block new Labor Department rules about overtime pay. House Democrats contend that millions of workers could lose their overtime pay under the rules. Lawmakers said they had enough Republican support to approve the amendment, leading the GOP leadership to put off a vote Wednesday. "They want to pull the bill so they have another chance to twist arms overnight," said Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin. He is the top Democrat on the Appropriations...
  • This Freeper Needs Some Help

    09/06/2004 1:43:15 PM PDT · by no dems · 41 replies · 1,078+ views
    9-6-04 | no dems
    I was wondering if some of you could help me out here. I consider myself to be very informed on 90% of what's going on. I must admit however, that I am somewhat in a fog with regard to this new Overtime Law. Some of my friends who want to vote for Bush are asking me questions like: "Why does Bush want to take overtime pay away from hardworking people who rely on it to survive?" While I'm sure that the Dems and the Unions are distorting the real truth of the matter, I am not adequately informed in this...
  • Don't Worry Over Overtime Changes

    09/05/2004 8:11:53 PM PDT · by visualops · 14 replies · 646+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sunday, September 05, 2004 | Paul Kersey
    This Labor Day finds many workers in a state of anxiety over the overtime rules that became law on Aug. 23. The worry is understandable, but unnecessary. Contrary to reports from many self-described worker advocates, the new overtime regulations are unlikely to cost many employees their overtime pay. The day the new rules took effect, Sen. Tom Harkin...passed along a story from the ...Chicago Sun-Times reporting ... 2,000 employees of Sears Roebuck and Co. ...were no longer entitled to overtime pay. In fact ...2,000 employees of the department-store chain were about to begin receiving overtime pay under the new regulations....
  • New Rules for Overtime Pay Start Today

    08/23/2004 8:00:34 AM PDT · by no dems · 17 replies · 2,460+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | August 23, 2004 | Elaine Walker and Patrick Danner
    New rules for overtime start today BY ELAINE WALKER AND PATRICK DANNER New federal overtime rules covering 115 million workers take effect today, but a legal struggle over the issue seems likely to take months or even years to resolve. The Labor Department says the changes are meant to protect low-wage workers and limit lawsuits. Yet union leaders argue that the new rules will actually mean less money in the paychecks of up to six million American workers who are likely to lose their overtime. A wide array of employees -- from registered nurses to chefs, insurance claims adjusters...
  • THE RAW DEAL: Kerry And Edwards' Baseless Overtime Pay Attacks

    08/22/2004 10:30:33 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 674+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | August 21, 2004
    "John Edwards and John Kerry are up to their typical scare tactics. Kerry and Edwards know the President's measure will strengthen overtime protection for nearly seven million workers, increase overtime benefits and protect workers. The Kerry-Edwards ticket is once again misleading voters and in the process hurting their own credibility." - Brian Jones, Bush-Cheney '04 Spokesman The Democrats' False Attacks False Claim: The Bush Overtime Changes Eliminate Federally Mandated Time-And-A-Half Pay After 40 Hours In A Week. The Truth: President Bush Is Guaranteeing Overtime Pay For More Than 6.7 Million Workers. It is a patently false accusation that President...
  • THE RAW DEAL: Kerry And Edwards' Baseless Overtime Pay Attacks

    08/22/2004 10:28:13 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 413+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | August 21, 2004
    "John Edwards and John Kerry are up to their typical scare tactics. Kerry and Edwards know the President's measure will strengthen overtime protection for nearly seven million workers, increase overtime benefits and protect workers. The Kerry-Edwards ticket is once again misleading voters and in the process hurting their own credibility." - Brian Jones, Bush-Cheney '04 Spokesman The Democrats' False Attacks False Claim: The Bush Overtime Changes Eliminate Federally Mandated Time-And-A-Half Pay After 40 Hours In A Week. The Truth: President Bush Is Guaranteeing Overtime Pay For More Than 6.7 Million Workers. It is a patently false accusation that President...
  • Many White Collar Workers Now Exempt From Overtime New Overtime Rules at a Glance

    08/20/2004 8:49:52 PM PDT · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 30 replies · 936+ views
    AP ^ | 8/20/04 | unstated
    White House - AP Cabinet & State New Overtime Rules at a Glance Fri Aug 20, 9:56 AM ET Add White House - AP Cabinet & State to My Yahoo! By The Associated Press Highlights of the Labor Department (news - web sites)'s new overtime regulations taking effect Monday:   _Workers earning $23,660 annually or less are eligible for overtime pay for working more than 40 hours a week. The department says about 1.3 million workers will be newly eligible. _White-collar workers earning $100,000 or more a year are newly exempt from overtime pay. _Changes to duties that determine whether...
  • Funny foxnews headline: Liberals outraged

    08/20/2004 6:27:02 AM PDT · by cohokie · 17 replies · 1,664+ views
    From website --> New Overtime Rules to Start Labor-law overhaul takes effect Monday; liberals still outraged
  • Dems blast Specter on overtime pay, even though he sides with them

    06/16/2004 7:54:27 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 7 replies · 155+ views
    AP ^ | 06/16/04 | LARA JAKES JORDAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stumping for the ouster of Pennsylvania's Republican senior senator, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton called Wednesday for a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate to protect overtime pay for workers. Unfortunately for Clinton, however: Specter is one of the few Republicans who has sided with Democrats on the controversial issue. "It is essential for Pennsylvania, in my view, that there be a Democratic majority," Clinton, D-N.Y., told reporters on a conference call with Specter challenger Rep. Joe Hoeffel, D-Pa. "I'll give you one example: This (Bush) administration has tried to end overtime as we know it and everybody's...
  • Senate Rebuffs Bush, Blocks New Rules on Overtime Pay

    05/05/2004 3:09:42 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 9 replies · 138+ views
    W Post ^ | May 5, 2004 | Helen Dewar
    The Republican-controlled Senate voted yesterday to block new Labor Department rules that critics said would deny overtime pay to millions of white-collar workers, handing an embarrassing rebuff to the Bush administration on a politically sensitive jobs issue. [snip] But, on the final vote, Republicans Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Colo.), Lincoln D. Chafee (R.I.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Olympia J. Snowe (Maine) and Arlen Specter (Pa.) joined all Democrats present except Zell Miller (Ga.) in voting to protect overtime pay.
  • Dems Want Overtime Pay Rules Killed - RATS say # of those adversely affected could go into millions

    04/28/2004 6:12:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 257+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4/28/04
    Dems Want Overtime Pay Rules Killed Wednesday, April 28, 2004 WASHINGTON — Labor Secretary Elaine Chao told Congress on Wednesday that new overtime regulations would strengthen "protection for more American workers that ever before," but a former federal investigator countered that the rules would subtly undermine eligibility of nursery school teachers, nurses and others. Appearing before a House committee, Chao said the regulations would mean guaranteed overtime protection for 1.3 million salaried workers who earn $455 a week or less. "They are predominantly married with less than a college degree and live in the South," she said. Other workers earning...
  • What to make of the modified overtime rules: Workers at low end of pay spectrum will benefit [...]

    04/27/2004 6:32:35 AM PDT · by The kings dead · 2 replies · 110+ views
    Buffalo News (NY) ^ | 4/25/2004 | VICTOR GODINEZ and KEN MORITSUGU
    Politicians, labor unions, trade associations and employment attorneys reacted with varying degrees of enthusiasm to the new overtime pay regulations released last week by the Labor Department. Most experts agreed that the rules will provide overtime protection to more workers than the version proposed last year that touched off a firestorm of debate. But they don't do enough to eliminate the ambiguity in the old rules and will still cause too many workers to lose overtime protection, some compensation experts and labor leaders said. "At first glance, it seems to be an improvement over the proposed rule, but still worse...
  • Who will lose overtime pay? List likely to be long

    04/23/2004 1:12:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies · 516+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | April 23, 2004 | L.M. SIXEL
    Let's cut right to the chase: Are you going to lose your overtime pay under the new Labor Department rules? While lawyers, labor leaders and policy wonks pore through the 536 pages of regulations the government released Tuesday, a few clear winners and losers have emerged. If some of the critics are right, millions of U.S. workers are in danger of losing their overtime pay. And don't think the issue doesn't apply to you. If you are suddenly no longer eligible for overtime, what's to stop your boss from working you 60 hours a week? Or 80? So, let's get...