[Marxism] FW: Veterans Lose Overtime Pay Under Bush Scheme

Craven, Jim JCraven at clark.edu
Mon Feb 2 14:02:40 MST 2004

Dear JIm Craven,

<http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/U11psV61OdI3/OT> This is the
exact text that would impact veterans. Please spread the word
today! <http://www.saveovertimepay.org//> 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

Sign the petition to save overtime pay.

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.

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

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

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.

Here is more information about the Bush attack on overtime pay and how
it would impact military veterans.

Thanks for all you do. Look for more alerts on this issue soon. 

In Solidarity, 

Mark Love	 Loretta Baize	
President	 Political Director	
Wichita/Hutchinson Labor Federation, AFL-CIO 


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