Nurses outraged by plan to strip health professionals of overtime pay - page 3

Some nurses are outraged over a quiet move by the U.S. Department of Labor that could strip registered nurses and other health professionals nationwide from overtime pay. South Florida... Read More

  1. by   geekgolightly
    you can go here

    http://www.regulations.gov/AGCY_WAGEANDHOURDIVISION.cfm

    and fill out the form and if you dont want to write a personal note you can ciopy and paste this

    New Department of Labor overtime proposal offers working families false promises, longer hours and no recourse!

    The Department of Labor's proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act cuts off critical overtime pay for hundreds of thousands of working families. Without overtime pay, these workers will have no protection against excessive work hours.

    At the same time, many workers depend on overtime protections to pay for healthcare, childcare, rent and transportation costs. Overtime pay makes up about one-fourth of the average weekly earnings of workers who receive it. This legislation would especially hurt women and single heads of household who often count on overtime pay to make ends meet and need control over their time due to daycare and family responsibilities.

    Overtime pay is one of those job protections that working families won after decades of struggle to make jobs safe and protect workers from abuse. Please don't take this step backward by cutting overtime pay.

    it will be sent to this woman

    Tammy McCutcheon
    Administrator, Wage and Hour Division
    Employment Standards Administration
    U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3502
    200 Constitution Avenue, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20210

    just trying to make it a little easier for anyones voice to be heard. dont just complain to all of us who all agree with you but cant do anything. be counted.


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  2. by   renerian
    I just finshed my letters of inquiry to the Vice and Mr. President. The DOL website is so packed it is hard to find information.

    renerian
  3. by   jnette
    Thanx geekgolightly !

    Great link ! Just submitted the prewritten, plus added a comment of my own.
  4. by   ZORYA
    Well maybe there is a positive side to this you guys...If you'll notice, all the professional, administrative, etc workers make really good money...(Doctors, Network Administrators, etc.) I see somewhere down the line a major overhaul of salary for the workers that will not get overtime....It just stands to reason....ESPECIALLY if these workers belong to some sort of union..I can assure you that some additional re-vamping of policy, pay etc is going to happen....I'm hoping this is the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak....
  5. by   ZORYA
    Shouldn't we also be trying to introduce compromises or some sort of gambling piece? I don't see this being stopped so maybe there is a plan we can "barter" with?
    Such as:
    This law can go into effect as long as the salary meets the minimum amount of $.....
    Forget the outrage, since it isn't effective...Instead, what can we do to soften the blow of this impending change and turn it to our advantage? Some of the big league players need to get into debate and discussions over this to demand terms and so on...
  6. by   ZORYA
    Shouldn't we also be trying to introduce compromises or some sort of gambling piece? I don't see this being stopped so maybe there is a plan we can "barter" with?
    Such as:
    This law can go into effect as long as the salary meets the minimum amount of $..... or
    We can accept this as long as we are not forced to work over x amount of hrs....................
    Forget the outrage, since it isn't effective...Instead, what can we do to soften the blow of this impending change and turn it to our advantage? Some of the big league players need to get into debate and discussions over this to demand terms and so on...
  7. by   LauraLou
    I sent the following comments to the website geekgolightly posted above. They are only taking comments through tomorrow, 6/30, so please submit something soon if you wish to comment.

    Concerning the proposed rule to eliminate overtime pay for nurses:

    Nurses work long hours and under very stressful conditions. To say that they will no longer be paid for overtime and, in fact, could be mandated to work extra hours with no compensation is unconscionable. There is a serious nursing shortage in this country. If this new rule eliminating overtime pay for nurses is put into practice, it will further escalate the problem.

    The shortage of nurses is increasing every year and its impact on medical care is reaching a crisis point. By taking away overtime pay for nurses, there will be one less incentive for people to enter nursing and more incentive for current nurses to leave the field.

    President Bush himself has acknowledged there is a nursing shortage and has committed funds to enable more people to enter the field of nursing. Surely this proposed rule eliminating overtime pay for nurses is in direct conflict with the President's stated commitment to improve the nursing shortage.

    Nurses have a direct and proven impact on the quality of healthcare that patients receive. Please demonstrate the government's support of nurses by continuing to require overtime pay for nurses.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.
    Last edit by LauraLou on Jun 29, '03
  8. by   Weezer
    Wow! I can see why we nurses must band and stand together! I have never been a promoter of unionization for nurses, but look folks,,,the fire, police and EMS people all have union representation and, according to the article are "protected"..... maybe it is time for nurses to be recognized and treated as professional and time to stand together to be sure it is heard! Thanks for the sounding board platform
  9. by   oramar
    I wrote this to my representative, "I know the rich will always steal from the poor and the strong will always prey on the weak, my complaint is that you politicians drive the getaway car and hold my front door open for them".
  10. by   jnette
    Originally posted by oramar
    I wrote this to my representative, "I know the rich will always steal from the poor and the strong will always prey on the weak, my complaint is that you politicians drive the getaway car and hold my front door open for them".

  11. by   Mkue
    Forget the outrage, since it isn't effective...Instead, what can we do to soften the blow of this impending change and turn it to our advantage? Some of the big league players need to get into debate and discussions over this to demand terms and so on...
    I agree Zorya.
  12. by   crazedredhead
    The longer that I am in nursing, the more amazed I become. The abuse of professionals is so widespread, and this is just one more insult to a very short staffed profession. (Wonder why???)

    Until Sunday's paper, I was still getting over Hilliary Clinton's insult to the profession when her dad was in ICU. "Any trained high school graduate could do what those nurses did."

    I am currently on a sabbatical. It may be permanent.:imbar :imbar
  13. by   roxannekkb
    Until Sunday's paper, I was still getting over Hilliary Clinton's insult to the profession when her dad was in ICU. "Any trained high school graduate could do what those nurses did."
    When did she say that??? Did she mean that nurses should just get on the job training or something?

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