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Private-Sector Workers Deserve A Choice

May 21, 2013

Once again liberals in Washington are decreeing that a job “perk” available to government workers should be denied to those in the private sector....

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May-22-13 7:25 PM

No. Having the private sector handed the same problems that are breaking the governments id not a good move.

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May-21-13 8:36 PM

this issue is too complex for me to figure out

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May-21-13 9:20 AM

My sister is a teacher and has made this comment......"if this was a private industry and the children were the raw material you were sent to produce a quality product, most of them would be sent back to the supplier or you would find a new supplier." They are expected to teach the kids the material they need to know but also do the job that a good portion of parents no longer do.

The career of teaching is not the topic however, the topic is the government telling companies they have to give employees the option of getting time off instead of overtime pay. Personally I would put in 4 10 hour days and take a three day weekend every week. But where does that leave the employer if you are vital to the business. I suppose if we are talking menial hourly jobs it doesn't mean a whole lot. Bottom line, the government should not be telling people how to run a business.

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May-21-13 9:14 AM

That is the purpose of the new APPR system implemented in NYS. You also need administrators to step up and admit they hired the wrong person and they need to leave.

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May-21-13 8:59 AM

Sure, there's a difference between a good teacher and a bad one. Just try to get rid of the bad one though.

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May-21-13 7:47 AM

falcon6 - if being a teacher is such a cushy job why aren't you one? And there is a difference between a good teacher and a bad one but I can tell you wouldn't know the difference.

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May-21-13 7:30 AM

Maddog- should never compare to teachers... They get paid for a whole year and only work 9 months... Even if they grade papers every night, its not as much time as an average employee that has to work 40 hours a week, and never gets summers, or 2 weeks at christmas and easter off!! Teachers should never complain! But I do agree that the private sector should get to choose on the benefits of their employees.

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May-21-13 7:22 AM

H.R. 1406 would allow employers to offer compensatory time off in exchange for any overtime wages the worker has earned. For instance, under current law, an hourly employee is paid at 1.5 times the rate of their wage for hours worked more than 40 hours in a week. However, under this bill, the employer can take all of those wages earned above 40 hours and put them into a pot for future time off that is controlled by the employer. In other words, the worker would not get paid for the work they perform during their current pay period. Unused time would be paid back at the end of the year, amounting to a no-interest loan to employers from workers.

Current law already allows employers to let their employees earn paid time off. Rather than forcing employees to choose between overtime pay and time off, Democrats offered a number of amendments to give workers real flexibility without jeopardizing their overtime pay.".... *******

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May-21-13 4:23 AM

Senators and Obama should stay out of the private sector! Be thankful you are getting overtime! Teaching is a public sector job and if a teacher is grading papers on the weekend or stays late to help a kid, there is no overtime pay or extra time off. The simply get their normal measly paycheck.

The compensation for doing a job be it time and a half pay or time off, is something that should be negotiated between the employer and employee. It is not something that needs to be a law!

Completely moronic opinion article.

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