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Ellison Blasts Comp Time Bill

The 5th District congressman says it erodes protections for American workers.

Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison slammed the passage of a bill Wednesday that offers private-sector workers the choice of paid time off instead of overtime pay.

Supporters say the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 is a family-friendly bill that would help parents spend time with their children, adult sons and daughters spend time caring for elderly parents and workers of all ages to pursue the activities they want to pursue.

But Ellison countered that it removes vital protections for working families and hurts those struggling to get by during the recession. The Democratic congressman released the following statement with fellow Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairman Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ):

H.R. 1406, which eliminates the right to overtime pay for overtime hours worked, is a direct assault on one of the most important protections American workers still have. Destroying common-sense labor laws may help big business and campaign donors, but it hurts the millions of working Americans who have been getting by on less and less since the Great Recession.

The forty-hour work week was one of the most consequential and hard-fought victories for working people in our nation’s history. Working Americans who earn overtime pay should get it when they earn it. Employers and employees have agreed on this for decades. The bill passed by House Republicans today undermines this basic agreement.

The gap between the richest Americans and the rest of us has been widening for years. In the last three decades, average incomes for the top 1 percent went up 277 percent, while average incomes for middle class families only rose by 35 percent. This bill lowers workers’ wages by taking away their hard earned overtime.

This will hurt our economic recovery and make Americans’ lives harder. It’s time for Congress to stop wasting time and invest in putting the American people back to work. We should be increasing worker pay, not taking it away.

How do you feel about the bill? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Bill B. May 10, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Once again, Ellison has it wrong. If comp time is such a bad thing, then why do public (government) employee's have that option? Keith seems to think that any and all private employers only have one objective, to take advantage of their employees.
Maliheh Banoo May 12, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Gop wants to reduce your pay&further reduce employment by making it cheaper to have existing staff work unpaid overtime.
Julie Saytaff May 12, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Mike b, you were never able to hold a job! You, like most tea-bangers, are living out of the social network created by real Americans. Get a life. I want to say get a job, but that would be mean.
Luap Rebaf May 12, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Like many politicians, Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim in Congress, has generated both a fair share of support and criticism for his actions. Even though I don’t necessarily agree with all of Rep. Keith Ellison’s ideas, I am working to promote the book because I think his unique perspective deserves attention. At the end of the day, I know he only wants the best for our country. Check out his upcoming autobiography, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at Amazon to hear what he says for himself: http://www.amazon.com/Country-Tis-Thee-Keith-Ellison/dp/145166687X/?tag=karenhunterpu-20
Mike B. May 12, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Ellison has been a very divisive politician. He has no "unique perspective." He blindly follows the Democrat Party talking points, and is known in Washington as one of the least effective, and least intelligent, congressmen.

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