Local Businesses and Coalition to Protect Overtime to Hold Press Conferences in Jackson and Ft. Gratiot on July 24
  WHAT:   Coalition calls on Governor Granholm and state legislators to work
          cooperatively to approve House Bill 6213, legislation to protect
          Michigan workers' income, flexibility and freedom in workers'
          schedules, and help Michigan job providers remain competitive with
          out-of-state companies.

  WHO:    Local employers and employees and members of the Coalition to
          Protect Overtime & Other FLSA Exemptions

  WHEN:   Monday, July 24, 2006

  WHERE:  Larry's RV, 2501 Lansing Ave., Jackson, Michigan at 9:30 a.m.

          Moran Automotive, 4511 24th Ave., Ft. Gratiot, Michigan at 2:30

  WHY:    Failing to pass remedial legislation to protect federal overtime
          and other Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemptions without
          immediate effect prior to the legislative summer recess would
          leave Michigan businesses and employees in panic mode, wondering
          whether they will need to eliminate jobs, reduce workers' hours or
          benefits, or even close their doors because they will no longer be
          able to compete with out-of-state competitors come fall. Without
          Governor Granholm's signature and legislation in place by October
          1, 2006, over 370,000 Michigan jobs will be put at risk, including
          high-paying jobs in hospitals, the trucking industry, auto, boat
          and RV dealerships, retail sales, IT and many other industries.


  ABC Warehouse
  American Society of Employers
  Art Van Furniture
  AT&T Michigan
  Auto Dealers of Michigan LLC
  Beaumont Hospitals
  Commuter Express
  Dart Container Corporation
  Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
  Gardner-White Furniture
  J.B. Hunt
  Michigan Association of Ambulance Services
  Michigan Association of Home Builders
  Michigan Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
  Michigan Association of Realtors
  Michigan Bankers Association
  Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association
  Michigan Boating Industries Association
  Michigan Business Professional Association
  Michigan Grocers Association
  Michigan Food and Beverage Association
  Michigan Chamber of Commerce
  Michigan Health and Hospital Association
  Michigan Licensed Beverage Association
  Michigan Manufacturers Association
  Michigan Manufactured Housing, RV & Campground Association
  Michigan Movers Association
  Michigan Press Association
  Michigan Railroads Association
  Michigan Restaurant Association
  Michigan Soft Drink Association
  Michigan Trucking Association
  National Association of Theatre Owners
  National Federation of Independent Business
  Perfection Bakeries
  Quicken Loans/Rock Financial
  Small Business Association of Michigan
  Spartan Stores
  Spectrum Health
  St. John Health
  Total Logistic Control

  CONTACT:  Wendy Block or Betty McNerney
  Michigan Chamber of Commerce

PRNewswire -- July 20

SOURCE: Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Web site: http://www.michamber.com/