Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tell your Representative: Don’t steal overtime pay from working people! Vote no on H.R. 1180

Before Congress returns from recess next week, we need your help to fight back against yet another legislative attack on working families.

The House will consider the falsely named “Working Families Flexibility Act” (H.R. 1180), which allows employers to deny overtime pay when employees work extra hours. This legislation would disproportionately impact women, people of color, and low-income workers who rely on overtime pay to make ends meet.

Let’s be clear: This legislative move aims to overwork and underpay working people.

Make sure your members of Congress stand with working folks and reject this bill as soon as it reaches the House floor. Tell your Representative today: Don’t steal overtime pay from working people!

When an employee works overtime, they should be compensated for their hours. But under this bill, employers can avoid paying for those extra hours, interest-free, for up to 13 months. In exchange, they can offer future “comp time,” but it’s not guaranteed and employers can deny the request if it seems “disruptive.”

This bill reduces working people’s income on payday, and by delaying payment for overtime for months and months, puts employees’ pay at risk if anything happens to the business. In 2013 alone, 400,000 small businesses closed. Nothing in the legislation provides workers whose employer goes out of business with a guarantee to receive payment for accrued comp time.

This bill is yet another ruse by big money to cut costs at the expense of working families. Instead of offering flexibility, this bill would erode hourly workers’ ability to earn a fair living and control their work schedules.

Make sure your representative stands with working families and rejects the misnamed “Working Families Flexibility Act” now!

Every time policymakers try to cut deals for the wealthy elite to hurt working people, we fight back. Join us by writing your representative today.

In solidarity,

Brian Kettenring
Co-Executive Director, CPD Action

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