Senate Rejects DOL’s Changes to Overtime Regulations: “Senate Rejects DOL’s Changes to Overtime Regulations”
By John Scorza
“The Senate approved a Democratic amendment to an appropriations bill that would forbid the Labor Department from moving forward with its proposed regulations to overhaul the overtime-pay rules. The amendment was approved on September 10, 2003, by a 54-45 vote. President George W. Bush has threatened to veto the bill.
Despite the veto threat, the vote represents a significant victory for Democrats and organized labor. ‘Today Senate Democrats, joined by six Republicans, stood with working Americans and took a critical step toward turning back a Bush administration proposal to take overtime pay away from millions of people,’ remarked Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.). ‘During these hard economic times the last thing we should be doing is cutting Americans’ pay.’ ”
– This is an issue that raises complex emotions in me. I vacilate between ‘a fair days work for a fair days pay’ and the belief that you should do what you can as a business owner to control costs. When confronted with such an issue I try to go with the more ethical way and in this case would support the workers. What about you? -ed.