Overtime Change Plan Draws Fire

By Don Morgan 

Will it be bad for business? That's the fear from business groups--as President Barack Obama rolls out some new rules--which will allow more workers access to overtime pay. 

"Every increase in cost for business today is a chalelnge" said Texas Association of Business President and CEO Bill Hammond, pointing to the continuing challenges facing businesses today, adding "Driving up the costs of goods and services at a time like this when the economy is still struggling is inappropriate. 

But others said such a move--which will grant overtime eligibility to a group of workers that include fast food managers and convenience store shift leaders--is long overdue. 

"This is just a step in the right direction. We would hope one of these days we might be treated a little more fairly" said Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller.  

The President's plan has raised eyeborws in Washington.  

"He seems to think that he's the king and not the President. Our system was set up where the branches work together to get stuff done" said Congressman Blake Farenthold, who sits on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He told 550 KTSA News the President's latest step around Congress is sure to be another issue in the mid-term elections later this year.

"Especially in some of the Senatorial races. One House of Congress is weaker in trying to stop the President than both Houses" Farenthold said.  


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