Take Action: Last Chance To Help Fix Overtime

The deadline to submit comments is tomorrow, Friday, September 4 at 4pm ET.

The Deadline To Submit Comments Is Tomorrow, Friday, September 4 at 4pm ET

It is crunch time for overtime.

We’ve written a lot about the importance of the Obama administration’s new overtime rule: it will go a long way to making sure that workers get paid for all the hours they work. But it won’t happen on its own. Special interests are trying to weaken the new rule. That’s why the Department of Labor needs to hear your support.

The deadline for comments is tomorrow, September 4 at 4pm ET. Visit FixOvertime.org to lend your support for the proposed overtime protections.

We don’t make many direct calls for action in The Progress Report, so you can rest assured that this one is important. Raising the overtime threshold to $50,440 will benefit millions:

  • More money in the pockets of workers leads to a stronger economy. Nearly 5 million workers will have the right to get paid for their extra work under the new overtime rule.
  • This rule is absolutely critical for increasing economic security for women and families. 54 percent of the employees newly covered by overtime reform are women. And 44 percent of formerly exempt single mothers will now be covered at the proposed threshold.
  • The Latino community would see disproportionately large benefits from the new overtime rule. Latino workers make up 11.6 percent of the salaried workforce but 15.5 percent of workers who would directly benefit from the rule. All in all, more than 2.1 million—or 34.4 percent of all Latino workers—would benefit from the new rule.
  • The new overtime rule will more than double the number of millennials who are guaranteed overtime pay. The new overtime rule will directly benefit 4.7 million millennials.
  • This is a huge boost for many low- and middle-income workers who need it the most. Pay for black and Latino women could rise by almost $250 per week under new overtime rule:

BOTTOM LINE: This is your last chance. Please go to FixOvertime.Org now to let the Department of Labor know you support the important new rule. Then forward this to your friends and family and ask they do the same!

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