AUFC Hails Obama Proposal to Boost Overtime Pay Threshold as Major Stepping Stone to Middle Class


AUFC Hails Obama Administration Proposal to Boost Overtime Pay Threshold as Major Stepping Stone to the Middle Class


Recent PPP Poll Found Overwhelming Voter Support for Substantial Increase In Threshold For Overtime Pay


Washington, D.C. (June 30, 2015) – Hailing it as a major step towards closing the income inequality gap, Americans United for Change lauded the Obama administration’s soon-to-be-announced proposal “updating overtime rules so that salaried workers who earn less than roughly $50,400 per year would be guaranteed time-and-a-half pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week.” As reported by the Huffington Post: “Under the current rules implemented by former President George W. Bush, salaried workers must earn less than $23,660 per year in order to be automatically eligible for overtime pay.” The move would give a long overdue raise to 5 million workers. A recent PPP poll commissioned by AUFC found voters nationally- across party lines- support substantially increasing the salary threshold below which workers can receive overtime pay regardless of job classification.

Jeremy Funk, Comm. Dir., Americans United for Change: “This is incredible news for hard working middle-class Americans, plain and simple. It’s not just the right thing to do for the millions of folks out there whose salaries fall just above the threshold but are still expected to put in 60 plus hours per week without additional compensation. It’s also good for the economy as a whole, because putting more money in the pockets of hard-working middle class families means more demand for goods and services from local businesses. Currently, companies dodge paying workers overtime by classifying them as managers or executives. This means people making $25,000 a year who spend most of their time bagging groceries or sweeping floors can be expected to work 60 or 70 hours a week without receiving a penny in overtime pay. Before hearing a single detail of the proposal, Republicans and their corporate backers who fought efforts to raise the minimum wage for low income workers have already trashed this important step towards helping everyday Americans who work grueling hours without adequate compensation. These Republicans, pushing the same trickle-down theories that brought us the great recession, fight for CEO bonuses and tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires in Washington, but believe the workers behind the companies’ success don’t deserve honest pay for honest work. But Americans agree with the President: that if you work hard you should be able to provide for yourself and your family. That’s why Democrats and this President have fought to create an economy that works for everyone and its why today’s rule is an important step to make sure millions of Americans are paid fairly for each and every long, hard day’s work.”

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