A coalition of job providers and employees today called on House and Senate leaders and Governor Granholm to protect 370,000 Michigan jobs by trying again for immediate effect on House Bill 6213.
"Remedial legislation to protect overtime provisions must be given immediate effect so it can be in place by October 1, 2006 to protect Michigan workers' income, protect flexibility and freedom in workers' schedules, and to help Michigan job providers remain competitive with out-of-state companies," said Bonnie Bochniak, Director of Government Relations for the Michigan Business and Professional Association and the Michigan Food and Beverage Association.
"With Michigan's unemployment rate among the highest in the country, the legislature needs to give House Bill 6213 immediate effect and the Governor needs to sign it into law so that we can get Michigan workers back on the job and keep existing jobs from being chased out of the state," said Charles Owens, Michigan State Director for the National Federal of Independent Business.
House Bill 6213 was approved by the Senate and House earlier this week. However, Democratic senators and representatives voted against immediate effect on the bill, which is designed to correct a problem in the state's minimum wage overtime law. Without immediate effect, the problem would not be corrected until April 1 of next year, putting hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk this fall.
"The MEDC has been running television commercials saying the State of Michigan wants to give employers the upper hand," said Kelly Johnston, Director of Government Relations for the Michigan Movers Association. "We're asking House and Senate Democrats to support immediate effect and asking Governor Granholm to extend a helping hand by signing this important bill into law."
"This legislation does not deny eligibility to overtime pay for even one Michigan worker who is currently receiving it," concluded Alan Canady, Clark Hill PLC, representing Perfection Bakeries. "It should be a no-brainer."
The Coalition to Protect Overtime & Other FLSA Exemptions was established in March of 2006 to support remedial legislation to protect overtime and other FLSA exemptions for Michigan workers.
Members of the Coalition to Protect Overtime & Other FLSA Exemptions: ABC Warehouse American Society of Employers Art Van Furniture Ascension Health/St. John Health 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 Meijer 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 and 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
SOURCE: Coalition to Protect Overtime & Other FLSA Exemptions
CONTACT: Wendy Block of Michigan Chamber of Commerce, +1-517-371-7678