AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders’ Statement on President Obama’s Overtime Rule Change
Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s proposed overtime rule change:
“Americans are working harder than ever, but while corporate profits are skyrocketing, incomes are still flat-lining. So it is an encouraging sign that President Obama’s proposal to change an outdated overtime rule could give workers who make up to $50,440 a hard-earned raise. To lift incomes for all working Americans, we must also restore the traditional 40-hour work week that too many workers are now denied. But lifting the overtime threshold to protect more workers is an important step toward improving American incomes, creating new jobs and growing the middle class.”
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AFSCME’s 1.6 million members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations — from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers — AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services, and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.