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They were supposed to get a raise last week

Last week millions of American workers were supposed to get a raise.

As it stands, employers can get away with asking workers earning as little as $23,660 a year to work overtime without actually paying them a dime more. That means a single mother managing a convenience store can be required to work as much as 60 hours a week or more and never earn more than a flat, near-poverty level salary.

New overtime rules initiated by the Obama Administration were on track to change all that by requiring employers to pay workers time-and-a-half for overtime to everyone making $47,476 a year or less. That’s a life-changing raise for more than 4 million workers.

Wealthy corporate interests and their Republican pals sued to stop the rule change, and just days before it was set to go into effect a federal judge has now blocked it – taking money out of the pockets of millions of hard working families.

You can bet that the Trump Administration won’t challenge the injunction, and Republicans in Congress have already made clear they want to delay or outright kill the new overtime rules. That’s wrong.

I don’t care how much of along shot this is. I’m going to keep fighting for these desperately needed changes no matter what happens. I fought for them from the get-go and I am not stopping now. This is a matter of economic fairness for working Americans. Let’s keep up the fight!

Ron

Posted on December 5, 2016.

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