It’s time to fix OVERTIME!

At the UFCW, we believe that if you do the work, you deserve to be compensated.

Unfortunately, not everyone has a voice on the job, and every day, millions of Americans work

more than 40 hours per week with no pay. That’s because the salary threshold for overtime pay

has been raised only once since 1975.

The current salary threshold is $23,660, which is lower than the federal poverty level for a family

of four. This outdated system has given corporations a free pass to schedule low-level

supervisors and managers for more than 40 hours per week without providing them with any

overtime pay.

But that’s about to change because the U.S. Department of Labor is raising the bar on employers

by setting a higher salary threshold for overtime protection so that more salaried workers will be

eligible to earn overtime when they work more than 40 hours in one week. The proposed

regulation will increase the overtime salary threshold to $50,440 per year by 2016, and extend

overtime protection to almost 5 million additional workers, including those in the food and non-

food retail sector.

The new overtime regulation will benefit workers everywhere and make it harder for employers

to misclassify workers as supervisors. It is the most significant step to address our country’s low-wage,

part-time economy, and will improve the standard of living for millions of Americans.

All workers deserve to be compensated for their hard work—so please take a few minutes to

show your support by visiting: www.ufcwaction.org/overtime.

Time to Fix Overtime

10 thoughts on “It’s time to fix OVERTIME!

  1. I do not agree with a couple of stenametts1) 1970 s average salary = $59,000 vs $51,000 in 2012 I don’t think the same level of jobs were surveyed. I didn’t join the workforce until 1984, but my salary was $14,300. The same level of job would now start at $30,000. My sister-in-law left the work force (secretary) in 1977. Her salary was $4,000. Today, if there were secretaries, they’d be paid a starting salary of around $30,000.2) People in the Netherlands only work an average of 27 hours per week. I worked for a company from 2000 to 2006 that had a Dutch parent company. Their employees worked the same hours that we worked. The difference was that vacation allotment was government regulated and based on age not tenure. When people enter the work force (say in their 20 s) they start with 27 vacation days. As the age, their vacation allotment increases. If you hire 2 people at the same time 1 is 25 years old and 1 is 50 years old, the first person would get 27 days vacation and the 2nd person would a couple extra of weeks of vacation. People in the Netherlands rarely take less than 3 weeks of vacation at a time. No wonder they are happier than North America.

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