This is the exact text that would impact veterans. Please spread the word today!America's 26 million veterans are on the list of those who could be hurt by the Bush overtime pay take-away. Buried in one paragraph in the middle of the proposed new overtime rules is a change that explicitly mandates "training in the armed forces" could be the basis for an employer to decide some workers shouldn't get overtime pay.
The Bush administration is moving toward announcing a final implementation date for Bush's overtime pay take-away before March 1. It is crucial we rally opposition to the Bush overtime pay take-away over the next couple of weeks. So far, more than 360,000 people have signed the petition opposing this cut in workers' paychecks. That is great, but we really need hundreds of thousands more people. Please ask your friends, family and co-workers to sign the petition by forwarding this e-mail.
Sign the petition to save overtime pay. http://www.saveovertimepay.org/
It is really important to talk to people who might not be in your e-mail circle. Please click on the link below to download a printable petition form to circulate in your workplace or community. http://www.saveovertimepay.org/petition.htm
Randy Fleming of Haysville, Kan., is a 23-year Boeing Co. employee and a six-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He had this to say about the attack on overtime pay for veterans, "The changes that this administration is trying to make in the overtime regulations would break the government's bargain with the men and women in the military and would close down opportunities that working vets and their families thought they could count on."
We couldn't have said it better, Randy. Unless we get the word out, millions of families will be hurt when the overtime pay take-away goes into effect. You can check out how many people have signed the petition in your state by clicking on the link below. Then, please spread the word. http://www.saveovertimepay.org/counting_ot.cfm
Bush Labor Department officials so far have either talked around or out-right lied about how the overtime pay take-away would impact America's military veterans. But Bush's campaign contributors are celebrating this insult to the men and women who defended our freedom as one-time members of our armed forces. Several big corporations with ties to Bush wrote letters supporting the overtime pay take-away for veterans.
How does the overtime pay take-away target veterans? Here is the exact quote from the Bush overtime pay take-away proposal: "Exemption [from overtime pay rights] is also available to employees in such professions who have substantially the same knowledge level as the degreed employees, but who attained such knowledge through a combination of work experience, training in the armed forces, attending a technical school, attending a community college or other intellectual instruction." (Federal Register Vol. 68, No. 61. 541.301.d)
Even in the technical jargon of employment law, the intention and impact is clear: If you received training in the military (or, really, any training) you could lose your right to earn overtime pay.
We need to stop the overtime pay take-away before it is too late. Please spread the word. http://www.saveovertimepay.org/
Here is more information about the Bush attack on overtime pay and how it would impact military veterans. http://www.aflcio.org/yourjobeconomy/overtimepay/ns01272004.cfm
Thanks for all you do. Look for more alerts on this issue soon.
Working Families e-Activist Network, AFL-CIO
Feb. 2, 2004