July 08, 2015When 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.
By Elliot SmilowitzFormer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in an interview Wednesday that “people need to work longer hours” to help grow the economy.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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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.
The campaign took up the banner over the course of the day.Anyone who believes Americans aren't working hard enough hasn't met enough American workers.
Working Americans need to know who is on their side. It is not Jeb Bush and not any other Republican. Corporate
Americans are doing their part. They're working hard. We need to make sure they see the value of that work reflected in their paychecks.
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