Thursday, July 9, 2015

Workload & Fair Pay Wars: Hillary v. The GOP

It began because of this and erupted into a Twitter war between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.

Jeb Bush: ‘People need to work longer hours’

According to ABC News, Bush was asked a question about tax reform during an interview live streamed on Periscope, and said he believes the U.S. can achieve 4 percent growth.
“Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows,” Bush continued. “It means that people need to work longer hours.”
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When you are salaried at management level, you can work 33% +beyond a 40-hour  week as part of your job description and your employer, legally, does not have to pay you overtime. Who reaps the benefit of those longer hours? It does not put more money in your pocket, but you do it ... to keep your job that you feel lucky to have.

Typically these folks have been recruited from the rank-and-file with the carrot being a few thousand dollars beyond their current salaries.  The slap in the face comes when an overtime push is needed and those working under their supervision pull in the time-and-a-half or double-time and they do not see an extra penny on the paycheck.  (President Obama has proposed a $55K minimum yearly salary on this practice.   We should all applaud and support this proposal! )

More commonly, people are stuck in part-time jobs without benefits.  This is calculated.  Employers avoided paying out for insurance, retirement plans, paid vacation and sick time by very simply hiring more workers at fewer maximum hours.  Even school districts do this. The upshot is that to make ends meet these workers need another part-time job and perhaps more than that.

Hillary Clinton  has spent the past few months listening to working Americans.  She immediately took issue with Bush's statement by posting this graph on Twitter showing that productivity has steadily increased since 1970 while compensation has stagnated.
Anyone who believes Americans aren't working hard enough hasn't met enough American workers.
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The campaign took up the banner over the course of the day.

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American workers deserve more than an admonition—they deserve policies and a plan. Don't miss 's on Monday.

Working Americans need to know who is on their side.  It is not Jeb Bush and not any other Republican.  Corporate
thieveschiefs have accumulated enormous wealth on the backs of hard-working Americans.

Don't let them buy a presidential election and continue these outrageous practices with money you earned for them!

Know who has your back!

"I will not quit on you. I will fight for you. I will be there for you every single day."—Hillary (via )
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