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May 3, 2004

Take Action NOW!

Ask Your Senator to Vote for the Harkin Amendment To Protect Overtime Pay

All Union Members are being urged to contact their Senators to vote FOR the Harkin amendment to protect overtime pay.

To locate your Senator, click here: www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Click here to e-mail President Bush and your Senator: www.unionvoice.org/campaign/stopbush4otpay

Why ?

The massive regulations that the Department of Labor (DOL) published on Friday, April 23, 2004 will take effect on August 23, 2004. Ostensibly, these regulations will take away overtime pay protections from almost all workers earning over $100,000 per year. However, the new Bush regulations will also put overtime pay for millions of American workers earning between $23,600 and $100,000 a year at risk – unless we stop them.

Here is the testimony from Wednesday, April 28, 2004, by Karen Dulaney Smith, a wage and hour consultant who was a DOL Wage and Hour Investigator, before the House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee:

“... most of the flaws in this regulation are going to negatively affect workers earning between $23,660 and $100,000 per year. Many of these employees work in businesses that the Department has identified as low-wage industries. Some of them are: nursery school teachers, nurses, chefs, team leaders, outside sales people, and financial service employees.

“... this regulation is going to decrease the rights of workers and do very little if anything to decrease the litigation that employers are experiencing.”

Working foremen, assistant managers, working supervisors, journalists, and insurance claims adjusters are just a few of the other workers at risk.

Despite a DOL claim of blanket overtime pay protection for police, the International Union of Police Associations, the National Association of Police Officers, and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers jointly observed that the new regulations “may leave [sergeants and above] without any protection and subject to losing their overtime. The only unquestionable protection for first responders and the only significant bar to continuing and escalating litigation is the Harkin amendment.”

The Department of Professional Employees (DPE) reports that six moderate Republicans who previously supported Harkin (Campbell/CO, Chafee/RI, Murkowski and Stevens/AK, and Specter/PA) are currently under intense pressure to vote no. In addition to your own Senator, please contact these Senators as well.

For more information about the negative impact of the proposed Overtime Regulations, visit www.dpeaflcio.org/ or www.aflcio.org





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