Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter stood up for working families in New Hampshire by voting against H.R. 1406, the "More Work, Less Pay" Act.
The bill would effectively end the 40-hour work week and offer workers comp time in lieu of overtime pay. But the legislation does not guarantee that workers will be able to use the time they have earned when they need it the most. Instead, the comp time earned by workers would go into a pot that will be controlled by their employer. Under this legislation, employers can refuse to allow a worker to take time off to care for a family member or attend a parent-teacher conference.
"Giving up overtime pay is a big deal for workers, and in return they aren't even guaranteed they'll get to use their comp time when they really need it," Shea-Porter said. "This is not flexibility for workers. It's less pay for workers. I urge Speaker Boehner to bring bills to the floor that actually help middle class families by creating jobs and ending sequestration."
To improve this misguided legislation, Congresswoman Shea-Porter offered the final amendment that would not allow employers to deny workers use of earned compensation time to:
Attend a medical appointment
Care for a sick child or family member
For veterans, to attend counseling or rehabilitation appointments for injuries suffered in combat.
Unfortunately, the amendment was blocked by the Republican House Majority.
President Obama has pledged to veto the "More Work, Less Pay" Act, and more than 160 national and state organizations oppose it, including women's organization, labor organizations, and civil rights organizations.