First you need to call….
The Trump administration is threatening to strip overtime protections from millions of workers. Because he LOOOOVES the American Worker and that should be enough for them.
Minimal Script: I’m calling from [___] to ask Senator [___] to vote “NO” on the deceptively named S.801: Working Families Flexibility Act.
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com
Then you need to write. This is another one of those damn regulation-removal-ripoffs!
To submit your comment to the Department of Labor, go to Request for Information, click on the green “Submit a Formal Comment” button, and fill out the form. Feel free to use some or all of the talking points below: (Deadline on 9/25/17!)
- Support for the $47,476 threshold (See “History” below). Demand that Dept of Labor defend it in court against the Chamber of Commerce lawsuit.
- For generations the 8 hour day and 40 hour workweek have been the American standard. “8 hours for work, 8 hours for sleep, 8 hours for what we will.“
- In today’s economy, many working families rely on time-and-half OT to stay financially afloat.
- Many are forced to work overtime whether they want to or not because forced-OT is cheaper for employers than hiring additional workers. Without the “time-and-half” surcharge, companies are free to ignore the traditional 8-hour day and 40-hour workweek whenever they find it convenient.
Repeat: This document has a comment period that ends in 11 days. (09/25/2017)
Extra Credit: Are you a member of your local Chamber of Commerce?
Minimal Script: I’m a member and I want the Chamber to know that I don’t support their lawsuit against workers getting the overtime pay they deserve. This immoral action is being funded with my membership dues and depending on the Chamber’s reponse, I’m considering dropping my membership and asking others to do so as well.
(from Indivisible San Francisco)
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, salaried workers who earn less than a certain amount must be paid time-and-a-half overtime pay (OT) for the hours they work over 40 per week.
The current threshold was set in 2004 at $23,660 (equal to $58,000 in today’s dollars). 65% of workers were covered.
Due to GOP opposition the threshold cutoff was not indexed for inflation.
By 2016 only 11% of workers were covered and the cutoff was actually below the Poverty Line.
Obama raised the income threshold to $47,476 account for inflation from the original amount agreed upon in 2004. This covers 36% of workers, still less than before but better than nothing. The GOP, convinced that we still haven’t reached 1920’s level of worker protections they’re looking for, said ‘NO
3 things have happened since Obama left. None of them good.
- The Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit to stop Obama’s increase. Trump has ordered his Department of Labor to stop opposing this lawsuit
- The House passed HR.1180 the so-called “Working Families Flexibility Act” (AKA “Overtime Robbery Act”) which would allow employers to substitute comp-time for OT pay at their convenience, or delay OT pay for up to 13 months. This bill is now before the Senate (S.801).
- The Trump administration is trying to revoke the Obama increase. The first step of that process is to request comments from the public on the rule.