Overtime rules will hurt pay, flexibility

The Detroit News

President Barack Obama has directed the Department of Labor to raise the pay threshold at which full-time salaried worker must receive overtime. This unwarranted interference in the workplace will encroach on the rights of businesses, reduce flexibility in worker’s schedules and limit job opportunities. What it’s not likely to do is raise household incomes, which have stagnated under the administration’s economic policies.

Free Raises for Everyone

The Wall Street Journal

If after more than six years as President the economy hasn’t increased take-home pay, here’s an idea: Declare that millions of Americans get a raise by government fiat.

New Overtime Rules Unlikely To Help Workers


President Obama’s proposed overtime legislation would affect nearly 5 million workers by increasing the salary level for exemption status to $50,440 per year from its current level of $23,660. However, evidence on the effects of such overtime provisions on workers suggests that the impacts are not likely to be beneficial.

Obama and Labor: A Complicated Relationship

By Byron Tau, The Wall Street Journal

President Barack Obama has proposed this week a new set of overtime rules boosting the pay of millions of workers—a rare victory for organized labor from an administration that it has criticized for largely only paying lip service to top union priorities.

Do Unions Represent The American Worker?

By Lloyd Billingsley, The Daily Caller

Democrats are divided over President Obama’s new Trans-Pacific trade deal, but AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka doesn’t like it at all. “This agreement is not worthy of the American people and the American worker,” Trumka recently told Gwen Ifill of the PBS NewsHour. For their part, the American people and the American worker might question Mr. Trumka’s presumption to speak for them.

Stop grovelling to civil servants

By Windsor Mann, USA Today

Government employees are suffering from low self-esteem and high self-regard. That was the unintended message of Public Service Recognition Week (May 3-9), which lasted six days longer than Memorial Day. This year’s theme, “Government Works,” was both true (the federal government employs more than two million civilians) and truly risible. It is one thing to have a job, quite another to get the job done.