LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Brown unhappy with federal court ruling on overtime

By Craig Kelly - [email protected]

WASHINGTON — One of Ohio’s representatives in the U.S. Senate is not pleased with a recent court ruling affecting overtime pay.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio: On Tuesday, Brown criticized a ruling in a federal court in Texas halting a U.S. Department of Labor rule that would have raised the salary limit for overtime pay eligibility from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. The rule was set to take effect Thursday and, according to Brown, more than 130,000 Ohioans would have been newly eligible for overtime pay.

“Using taxpayer dollars on a lawsuit to take hard-earned money out of the pockets of American workers is shameful,” Brown said. “But, the fight is far from over and we will continue fighting to make sure American workers are paid for the hours they work.”

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio:Both Portman and Brown are calling for the protection of benefits for Ohio coal miners.

According to Portman, some 12,500 retired coal miners received notices that their health care benefits would be terminated at the end of the year.

“The funding provided for Patriot Retirees Voluntary Employee’s Beneficiary Association will be exhausted by December 31, 2016, leaving these miners and their families without the essential healthcare benefits they earned through a lifetime of hard work,” Portman, along with 19 other senators, wrote in a letter to Senate and House leadership. “On Nov. 1, another 3,600 miners began to receive notices. And next year, 6,500 more will suffer the same fate. Additionally, the pension fund that these miners and their widows rely on for life’s basic necessities will reach the point of no return shortly thereafter.”

The senators are calling for the passage of the Miners Protection Act, which would keep those benefits in place.

By Craig Kelly

[email protected]

Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.

Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.

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