Sign the petition: Tell Congress not to block overtime pay

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Tell Congress: Don't block overtime pay

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"Oppose any attempts to delay or undermine badly needed overtime reforms that will benefit millions of Americans."

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Dear 5849376,

Tell Congress: Don't block overtime pay

Even as millions of Americans celebrate Labor Day, one Democratic representative is attacking their right to fair overtime pay.

President Obama's overtime reforms were a massive victory for our friends in the labor community, and for the tens of thousands of CREDO members who spoke out in support. The new rules will crack down on the worst abuses by companies trying to avoid rewarding hard work, and mean that millions of Americans will now be owed overtime pay.1

But Rep. Kurt Schrader has other ideas. He's trying to delay increased pay for three years, and gut the rules so people get paid less in the years to come.2 We owe it to everyone who has stood and fought for working women and men in America to stand with our friends in the labor movement, and denounce any attempt to block overtime pay.

Tell Congress: Don't block overtime pay. Click here to sign the petition.

Labor Day wasn't always associated with cookouts and end-of-summer sales. Before it was hijacked by brands like Walmart, it celebrated "what workers accomplish together through activism and organizing." Instead of a pleasant day off, Labor Day during the first years of existence was marked by massive strikes and speakers denouncing inequality.3

We at CREDO will always stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the labor movement. One way to do that right now is to condemn Rep. Schrader's legislation, which would block the government from indexing the overtime salary cutoff to inflation.4

If Schrader gets his way, fewer working people would get overtime pay even as goods get more and more expensive. It could cost an estimated 10.4 million working people overtime pay by 2035, so it's no wonder the AFL-CIO says the Schrader's bill "will hurt both working people and the economy."5

Tell Congress: Don't block overtime pay. Click here to sign the petition.

In 1975, 65 percent of salaried employees received overtime pay if they worked over 40 hours a week. Until the recent reforms, that number was less than 11 percent, and you had to live below the poverty line for a family of four to be eligible.6,7 Corporations used massive loopholes to pay far less than minimum wage.8 And if the overtime level had simply risen with inflation, it would be nearly $52,000 today9

More than 60,000 CREDO members told the Labor Department to stand strong on bold new reforms. We joined with our friends in the progressive movement to deliver more than 300,000 signatures in support of raising overtime pay, and more than 70,000 CREDO members successfully urged the administration to release the reforms this past spring. All that hard work could be lost if this Democrat gets his way. Let's have workers' backs on Labor Day:

Tell Congress: Don't block overtime pay. Click below to sign the petition:

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Thank you for everything you do for workers' rights,

Murshed Zaheed, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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  1. Dave Jamieson, "Obama Is Bringing Overtime Pay To Millions Of Workers," Huffington Post, May 17, 2016.
  2. Economic Policy Institute, "Schrader bill would gut the Department of Labor's new overtime rule," EPI.org, August 10, 2016.
  3. Chad Broughton, "When Labor Day Meant Something," The Atlantic, September 1, 2014.
  4. Economic Policy Institute, "Schrader bill would gut the Department of Labor's new overtime rule."
  5. Kenneth Quinnell, "Schrader's Overtime Legislation Would Take Overtime Protections from Working People," AFL-CIO, August 16, 2016.
  6. "Rep. Mark Takano and 31 House Democrats Call for Expanded Overtime Pay," Takano.House.gov, January 19, 2015.
  7. Dave Jamieson, "Obama Is Bringing Overtime Pay To Millions Of Workers," Huffington Post, May 17, 2016.
  8. "Why It's Time to Update Overtime Pay Rules: Frequently Asked Questions," Economic Policy Institute, October 21, 2014.
  9. Ross Eisenbrey, "Where Should the Overtime Salary Threshold Be Set? A Comparison of Four Proposals to Increase Overtime Coverage," Economic Policy Institute, December 23, 2014.

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