N-STAT UPDATE 7/11/03
AMENDMENT TO PROTECT NURSES ELIGIBITLY FOR OVERTIME PAY DEFEATED IN HOUSE
Thanks to all who responded to yesterday's N-STAT Alert. Unfortunately, the amendment to protect nurses and other workers from new regulations that would strip many of eligibility for overtime pay was defeated last night in a very close vote, 213-210. The ANA-supported amendment, which was offered by Congressman George Miller (D-07-CA) and David Obey (D-07-WI), would have barred the Department of Labor (DOL) from spending money on new proposed regulations that would strip some workers including nurses of their eligibility for overtime pay.
The DOL announced the proposed regulations, which would allow thousands of white-collar workers, including nurses, to lose their eligibility for overtime pay, earlier this year. According to one study, the number is almost eight million workers would lose their overtime eligibility under the proposal. The American Nurses Association sent a letter to the Department of Labor in opposition to these proposed regulations.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Let your member of Congress know that their constituents are watching! Use the attached document (or visit http://clerkweb.house.gov/cgi-bin/vo...rollnumber=351
) to find out how your member of Congress voted. If they voted "Yes," thank them for their support by calling (202/224-3121) or e-mailing them through the ANA Government Affairs Website (see address in more info below). If they voted "No" contact them to share your disappointment in their lack of support. Make the voice of nursing heard!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
--Visit ANA's new Government Affairs Website by logging on to www.ana.org/gova
and clicking the "Federal Advocacy" link. After logging in you can access draft letters on this vote and send an e-mail message directly to your Member of Congress!
--Visit the "In the Agencies" section of Capitol Update, ANA's new online legislative newsletter, www.capitolupdate.org