Give credit where credit is due. The Department of Labor’s new rule on overtime pay for salaried workers would benefit millions of American workers. Such a rule would not have been proposed under a Republican administration.
But why is the rule being introduced now, and not years ago? I suspect, although I cannot prove, that this is a response to the Bernie Sanders campaign.
A Republican administration would not have done what Obama just did. Conservative Democrats are not advocates for working people, but they can be pressured into appeasing working people. This is not true of conservative Republicans, who oppose high wages and pro-labor legislation.
If Hillary Clinton and other conservative Democrats are elected this fall, the lesson for labor unions, civil rights organizations and consumer advocates is to keep the pressure on to support their interests.
This is the way to play politics. Don’t support anybody unless they give you a positive reason to support them.
Politicians who depend on campaign donations from large corporations and rich people will never go against the vital interests of their donors, but they can be forced to strike a balance between donors and their core voters unless the voters passively support them.
Obama Is Bringing Overtime Pay to Millions of Workers by Dave Jamieson for the Huffington Post.
The new overtime rule will directly benefit 12.5 million working people: Who they are and where they live by Ross Eisenbrey and Will Kimball for the Economic Policy Institute.
Republicans Move to Block New Overtime Rules by Connor D. Wolf for the Daily Caller.