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Michigan AFL-CIO Blasts Schuette for Opposing Stronger Overtime Protections

AG suing to halt new overtime rule, which raises wages for 100k Michigan workers

LANSING – Yesterday Attorney General Bill Schuette signed onto a lawsuit with 21 states to stop the Obama administration’s new overtime rule, which will extend mandatory overtime pay to 100,000 Michigan workers. The Michigan AFL-CIO issued the following statement today blasting Schuette’s frivolous lawsuit:

“This lawsuit is a slap in the face to working people in Michigan,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “By suing to stop the Obama administration’s new overtime rule, Bill Schuette is putting himself squarely on the side of corporate CEOs who want to continue denying overtime pay to Michigan’s working men and women. That’s just wrong.

“This new rule is long overdue. Overtime protections have been gutted over the past four decades without a significant adjustment for inflation. The new rule will help protect wages from being eroded by rising costs, and ensure that working people get paid for the work they do.

“Bill Schuette needs to stop carrying the water of big corporations, and start protecting the paychecks of Michigan workers.”

The new overtime rule raises the salary threshold under which most white collar salaried workers are eligible to receive overtime pay from $455 a week ($23,660 a year) to an estimated $970 a week ($50,440 a year) in 2016.

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