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Under the radar: no more overtime

Thanks to The Go Fish for this: evidently there is a plan afoot by the Bushies to re-write the rules governing overtime pay.

More than 8 million workers in the United States will be ineligible for overtime pay under a plan proposed recently by the Bush administration, a research group said Thursday.

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a liberal Washington think tank, examined a proposal by the Labor Department to change the criteria for paying overtime and found that it would cost 2.5 million salaried employees and 5.5 million hourly employees their right to overtime pay.

The proposed changes, which were first introduced in March, will be implemented by the Labor Department after a “public comment” period, which expires on Monday.

The EPI questioned the appropriateness of the Labor Department’s implementing such sweeping proposals without Congressional approval.
Where in the hell did this come from? Why didn’t we hear about this before now?
I’ll willing to bet that the unions will be screaming bloody murder tomorrow. Hey, all you hourly wage employees who voted for this evil man – are you happy now?

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