U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Progress on Overtime Protections for Middle Class Workers
"Too many Americans are working longer and harder yet they are still struggling to get ahead."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded progress on efforts to support Wisconsin’s middle class and boost incomes of working families by strengthening overtime protections for salaried workers.
“Too many Americans are working longer and harder yet they are still struggling to get ahead,” said Senator Baldwin. “I’m encouraged to see continued progress on this effort to strengthen overtime protections that respect and reward hard work. Working families in Wisconsin deserve a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.”
Current regulations fail to protect a majority of salaried workers by only requiring employers to pay time and a half for those who earn less than $23,660 annually. This salary threshold applies to only 11 percent of salaried American workers and is below the federal poverty level for a family of four. In Wisconsin, only 8.9% of salaried workers currently have overtime protections, compared to 44% of Wisconsin salaried workers with overtime protections in 1975, according to a study by the Economic Policy Institute.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that a proposed rule on overtime for salaried workers was sent to the Office of Management and Budget, an important step forward in revising overtime protections. In January, Senator Baldwin sent a letter to President Obama bringing attention to the need to strengthen overtime protections for salaried workers. The letter was joined by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Al Franken (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Robert Casey (D-PA), Martin Hrinrich (D-NM), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jack Reed (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Ed Markey (D-MA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Christopher Murphy (D-CT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Benjamin Cardin (D-MD).
Press Releases by Tammy Baldwin
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces $1.5 Million to Expand Apprenticeship Opportunities Across WisconsinOct 21st, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
“Apprenticeship initiatives are one of the most effective vehicles for responding to the workforce readiness needs of business and industry,” said Senator Baldwin.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel to Get the Job Done on Wisconsin’s Longstanding Rape Kit BacklogOct 5th, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
More than one year after Wisconsin Justice Department received federal investments, reports show state still has 6,000 kit backlog
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Investigations into Madison and Milwaukee Social Security OfficesSep 21st, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
For the past year, Baldwin has worked on behalf of whistleblowers and raised questions about wrongdoing, harassment and retaliation
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Pushes for Economic Growth in Wisconsin with Small Business Innovation ActSep 21st, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
National reform will support Wisconsin, which ranks last nationally in startup activity and entrepreneurship growth
We Must Do More to Provide Debt Relief & Support to Students, Veterans Suffering from Wide-Ranging Impacts of ITT Tech ClosureSep 17th, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
Senators now call on ED to “use its existing legal authority” to increase total debt relief and support available to former ITT Tech students
Baldwin, McCain, Schakowsky Introduce Reform Requiring Transparency in Prescription Drug Price IncreasesSep 15th, 2016 by Tammy Baldwin
The bipartisan and bicameral FAIR Drug Pricing Act takes the first step to address skyrocketing prescription drug costs