Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown blasted a Texas federal court ruling from late August that will deny 130,000 Ohioans a raise they were promised. Brown also called on U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to appeal the ruling.
Brown worked with the Obama Administration to raise the overtime threshold, but the Aug. 31 ruling eliminates the new threshold, which would have given 130,000 Ohioans and 4.2 million Americans a raise.
“These workers aren’t asking for a handout – they are working 50 to 60 hours a week and aren’t getting paid for it. That’s wrong,” Brown said in a press release. “Overtime pay has been out of date for years, and it’s past time workers’ paychecks reflect the hours they work.”
Brown called the decision is a huge disappointment to millions of workers who were promised a raise and their families.
“I call on President Trump and Secretary Acosta to make good on the President’s campaign promise to fight for workers and appeal the ruling,” he said.
The original rule, announced in May 2016 by Brown and Vice President Joe Biden in Columbus, would ensure overtime for all workers earning less than $47,476 a year. The $47,476 threshold was set after months of public comment and compromise with employers to address their concerns.
Some employers, including Kroger and PNC Financial in Ohio, have moved forward with implementing the rule for their employees even though it was tied up in courts. Prior to the rule’s announcement in May 2016, the threshold applied only to people earning less than $23,660 annually and had not been updated to account for inflation. The Texas federal court’s ruling means the $23,660 threshold remains in effect.
Brown’s work to update federal overtime policies is part of his broader efforts to restore the value of work so Ohioans’ work will pay off once again. His plan would restore the value of work by:
1. Raising workers’ wages and benefits
2. Giving workers more power in the workplace
3. Making it possible for more workers to save for retirement
4. Encouraging more companies to invest in their workforces