Sanders Statement on Overtime Pay

WASHINGTON, March 13 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after President Barack Obama directed the Labor Department to propose rules that expand the number of employees who benefit from overtime pay:

“I applaud President Obama for making sure millions of workers are paid a fair wage for working overtime.  It is absurd that millions of workers making as little as $455 a week are considered ‘supervisors’ and get no overtime pay.  I hope the Department of Labor raises that threshold to at least $1,000, which would reflect inflation since 1975. That step alone would mean a raise for millions of workers. More money in the hands of working people would mean that those workers could then go out and make purchases that would help create more jobs.”