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Working Families Flexibility Act

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It’s time to give working families more flexibility

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Luke Messer
Luke Messer

There’s nothing more valuable than time. Time to coach your son’s Little League team. Time to care for an aging parent. Time to volunteer helping those less fortunate.

Yet too many private-sector employees don’t have as much of that precious resource as their public-sector counterparts.

That’s because the Fair Labor Standards Act, a decades-old law designed to protect American workers, prevents private employers from giving their employees the choice between taking comp time and earning time-and-a-half for working overtime. That needs to change, which is why I have cosponsored legislation the House of Representatives just passed to unshackle American workers from this law’s inflexibility.

This legislation, the Working Families Flexibility Act, will give private-sector employees the same choices that federal, state and local government employees have had for years. This bill lets private-sector employees take paid time off instead of cash wages for overtime hours worked, a benefit public-sector employees have enjoyed since 1985. Despite rhetoric to the contrary, the bill does not force any employee to take compensatory time instead of overtime pay. It simply provides American workers with the ability to choose which they value more.

It’s a choice I wish my mom had when I was younger. She raised me and my brother on her own while working at Delta Faucet in Greensburg. She worked hard. She worked long hours. Sometimes, she worked weekends. Often, she came home tired.

My mom made the best decisions she could with the opportunities that she had. She always put her boys first, and most of her free time was spent going to ball games and teacher’s conferences. But, I can say now — more than 30 years later — there were times that I would have sacrificed a new pair of cleats for a little more time with her. I bet she’d say the same.

The Working Families Flexibility Act is about giving moms and dads that time with their sons and daughters. Some workers will opt to earn a few extra dollars, perhaps to make much-needed car repairs or put a little extra away for their child’s education. Others will choose the time off so they can go to that parent-teacher conference or help their child memorize lines for the school play.

Federal worker protection laws shouldn’t benefit some workers at the expense of others. This legislation remedies that inequity by giving private-sector employees the same opportunities their public-sector counterparts have enjoyed for years.

The Working Families Flexibility Act will give hard-working American families the freedom to choose how to spend their most precious resource: their time. That’s a long-overdue gift American families deserve.

Luke Messer is the representative for Indiana’s 6th Congressional District and serves on the U.S. House Budget Committee.

HR 1406 Working families comp time

 

Do we really need this much government? by Luke Messer

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6th District - U.S. House of Rep. - Indiana
6th District – U.S. House of Rep. – Indiana

When it comes to the sequester, President Obama is putting politics first.

The president claims that sequester cuts would be “draconian,” creating major disruptions in everything from air travel to public safety to food inspections. The truth is that, even with the sequester cuts, federal spending will be slightly higher this year than last.

The sequester calls for $85 billion in spending cuts, and that is a lot of money. However, when compared to a $3.6 trillion budget, the reductions are actually relatively modest. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts actual spending this year will be reduced by $44 billion, with the remainder spread out over future years. Again, that sounds like a lot of money. But spending on the programs subject to these automatic cuts has increased by almost 15 percent since the president took office.

Listening to the president, one would think there is nothing in government upon which we could spend just a little less. How about $2.2 billion on free cell phones provided by the government? How about the $4 million taxpayers spend annually for a television studio at the IRS? How about the $1 million NASA spends each year to come up with a menu for when we live on Mars? How about the $325,000 spent developing a robotic squirrel?

These are just a few examples of the many frivolous things the government spends billions on that we simply don’t need or can’t afford. Read the rest of this entry »

INVISION Presents ~ Eckerty Fest II

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Music

Kids Fun Zone

Food

Meet the Candidates

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When: Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Time: 3:00 PM – ????

Where: Sam Pierce Chevrolet

On Saturday, June 30, INvision  will sponsor an Old-Fashioned Community Celebration.

ECKERTY FEST II is a fun-filled day of music, Kids Fun Zone, local food vendors and an opportunity to meet Republican candidates including

  • Connie Lawson (Secretary of State)
  • Richard Mourdock (U.S. Senate Candidate)
  • Luke Messer (U.S. Congressional Candidate)
  • Doug Eckerty (Indiana State Senator)
  • Plus other local Republican candidates from Delaware, Madison & Henry counties

Last year some 3500 persons visited ECKERTY FEST I.  We hope you will choose to join us this year.

Gates open at 3:00 p.m with Kids Zone from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., face-painting, inflatables, games and more.  Music provided by The Great Deals Music Stage: with Flynnville Train (National Recording Artists) and Carl Storie & The Faith Band starting at 6:00 P.M. until  ?????.

There will be multiple food vendors including Mr. Mouse Beer Garden.

Hosted by Sam Pierce Chevrolet (and located on their lot) on SR 67 at Daleville, there is a charge of $10 per carload  with a limit of 4 passengers.  ($5 each additional person.)

Check it out at http://www.InvisionIndiana.com or www.DougEckerty.com.

Printable Eckerty Fest Flier

Map to Sam Pierce Chevrolet