Bend Over Here It Comes Again!
With this current gaggle of “Special Interest Controlled” Republicans in the house, it should be well noted to every hard working Middle Class citizen that their lively hoods and the pay they receive for that labor is under attack for what was once taken as a Worker’s Right since the Great Depression.
This is a notice to every working class citizen in the country. I don’t care why you voted Republican in the past elections, but everyone who works for a living needs to sit up and take notice of this latest news.
What we have here is another salvo being fired from the large guns of “Special Interest” targeted at the Middle Class working people from the GOP. A little noted provision in the House Republicans’ controversial “Energy and Transportation Bill” that would strip several thousand workers within the rail industry of their federal minimum wage and overtime protections, potentially making low wage jobs pay even less. This is the same $109 Billion dollar “Transportation Bill” that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got the Republican stopped when they tried to add the “Birth Control” regulations onto trying to counter the current health care law.
Listed in the bill under the heading “Technical Correction,” provision 6602 would exempt several companies who transport rail workers from their obligations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the 1938 law that guarantees basic worker rights. The carve out would allow a handful of boutique contractors to pay no overtime to their drivers who haul rail workers between worksites, often driving long distances of 300 miles or more.
Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) made the statement, “It’s outrageous that House Republicans are trying to take away overtime protections for a class of workers at the behest of a special interest. These workers deserve the right to overtime pay. It’s not only a matter of fairness, but also a matter of public safety.”
Let it be known right here and now, if they do this to one industry, it will be just a matter of time before it moves to other industries using this “Chink In The Armor” as precedence for doing so to everyone else.