Goodbye Overtime

  1. How would you like to work 60-80 hours per week without overtime?

    See story at link provided.
    http://www.msnbc.com/news/931238.asp?cp1=1

    Call your govt reps NOW!
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  2. 83 Comments

  3. by   Katnip
    And they think this is going to help the nursing shortage, how?
  4. by   live4today
    Overtime pay or not.......working over 40 hours per week will hopefully never become a part of my lifestyle. I cherish family and alone time much more than I do overtime hours and overtime pay.

    I've never once volunteered to work overtime, and hopefully never will. When my shift is up, I'm out of there.
  5. by   renerian
    I would like to swear here but i know I cannot......

    renerian
  6. by   txsugarlvn
    Oh that's just ridiculous! Where's the telephone?......
  7. by   iliel
    I went to www.whitehouse.gov and e-mailed the pres himself! So many people depend on overtime to get by!

    Makes me sick!
  8. by   flowerchild
    Am I wrong? It seems to me if they remove the overtime laws, that the employer can make you work over 40 hours per week. There won't be a set week of hours by law. You could end up working more hours and without the ot pay. Better be sure your unions contracts protect you. Does it agree to US laws instead of specific hours? Will the unions be able protect us? Most of the area I work in is unionless. This could really be bad for nurses.
  9. by   P_RN
    For several years back in the 80s our schedules woud be up to 10 days in a 14 day period. Sometimes they would back to back some long segments. The department of labor (US) stood up for us so it was 40hr weeks instead of 80h in 2 weeks before OT.

    Sheesh have they lost their ever lovin minds?
  10. by   Mkue
    I wouldn't get too riled up yet, it's one study. Notice the words "could" and "study". I've learned the hard way not to trust media reports like this especially with election upon us.

    I'm with all of you and hope it's not true.
  11. by   flowerchild
    mkue,
    The study was done on rules already written and ready to be put to talks. I say now is the time to contact. Why wait or be complaicent? Public comment ends Monday then it's off to the hearings. They want this passed and implemented by next year.
  12. by   Mkue
    The current rules state that workers who make less than $8,000 a year are guaranteed overtime, says Tammy McCutchen, administrator of the Labor Department's wage and hour division. The proposed rules--which could take effect as early as late 2003--promise overtime to more white-collar salaried employees by raising the minimum salary level required for the overtime exemption from $8,000 to $22,100 year. This is the largest increase since the FLSA was enacted in 1938. "What that means is that everyone who makes less than $22,100 a year is automatically entitled to overtime," says McCutchen.

    The changes would not affect employees who do manual labor, such as mechanics, plumbers or electricians, and are already guaranteed overtime. Only employees who work in an office environment and do non-manual work would qualify, says McCutchen.
    http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/...308137,00.html

    I'm still not clear as to who will be affected, this article states white collar salaried employees, maybe it's a different rule.
  13. by   Mkue
  14. by   Tweety
    Well, best not ask me to work a minute over 40 hours then. That's all I have to say to that.

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