We know it’s a busy time of year, but there are just three days left to make sure our voices are heard when it comes to protecting the 40-hour workweek. Click here to make your voice one of them & tell them you want to see WA expand overtime rights.
Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries has spent the last several months working on updating our state’s overtime salary threshold, which would restore overtime pay for hundreds of thousands of salaried workers. Now, they’re asking for comments on overtime by the end of the year (12/31 at 5 pm).
They seem to be trying to make it hard for anyone who isn’t a big business lobbyist to be a part of this. They announced these plans a few days before Thanksgiving. They held hearings the week after Thanksgiving. Now they’re asking for comments on New Year’s Eve. And it’s all happening during the busiest time of year for food & retail workers.
But we can’t let them keep us out of the process, because the outcome will be a huge deal. The salary threshold hasn’t been updated since the 1970s, which means we’ve been waiting 40 years for this.
And since then, things have gotten pretty off track. Back when the rules were last updated, more than 60% of salaried workers got time-and-a-half pay when they worked over 40 hours a week. Today, just 7% of us get overtime pay.
Submitting an official comment can be intimidating, but it’s vital that L&I hears from actual workers, not just big business lobbyists and corporate lawyers. So we’ve built a tool to make it easy for you to submit a comment in just a few minutes by answering a few simple questions.
Let’s start the new year off right and make sure we’re set up for more big steps forward on workers’ rights in 2019…click here to build your official comment to L&I and tell them why restoring overtime rights matters to you.
Happy New Year,