Writing My Congressman: The New Overtime Rules

The Honorable Scott Perry
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. Office
1207 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Perry:

This morning I read on Politico that the House Appropriations Committee is marking up a spending bill for the Labor Department that “would prevent the overtime and fiduciary rules from taking effect” in December. These overtime rules, in case you are not aware, will extend overtime protections to salaried employees who make under roughly $47,500 per year.

As one of your constituents I ask that, when this spending bill reaches the House floor, you sponsor or cosponsor an amendment to the bill that will allow the overtime rules to go into effect or, barring that, to vote against the Labor appropriations bill as a whole. I am a salaried worker in the information economy who makes under $40,000 a year and works between 45 and 50 hours a week. I will benefit directly from the new overtime rules, and these rules will, effectively, translate into a meaningful pay raise when they go into effect. Tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians — and millions of Americans across the country — will see more money in their pockets with the new overtime rules, money they will spend and put back into the economy, resulting in a growing economy and job creation.

When the Labor Appropriations bill emerges from Representative Hal Rogers’ Appropriations Committee, please support working families in your district by voting against anything that would rescind the new overtime rules.

Sincerely,

Allyn Gibson

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A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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