Good Jobs Nation Calls Out House Republicans For Passing Bill to Make Wage Theft Legal

PRESS RELEASE

May 3, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – The following is a statement from Joseph Geevarghese, the Director of Good Jobs Nation, on the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the so-called “Working Families Flexibility Act,” a bill that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to remove the right for workers to receive time-and-a-half pay for overtime:

“This bill is nothing more than a blatant Republican effort to legalize wage theft. It offers American workers no new benefits while giving employers a brand new avenue to cheat workers out of their hard-earned pay.

It’s no surprise – Republicans have spent decades deconstructing the basic labor protections that built America’s middle class and that low-wage workers depend on to keep the lights on and put food on their tables. This is just the latest example of Republicans leaving no CEO behind in their economic race to the bottom.

The U.S. Senate – and President Trump – must stand with workers and reject this legislation. President Trump promised that every policy decision he made would create ‘more jobs and better wages’ for American workers. This legislation does the exact opposite. It’s time for him to keep his promises – and protect the very workers who helped put him in the Oval Office.”

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