Minnesota congressman's bill hurts workers

  • Article by: Mike Obermueller
  • Updated: May 8, 2013 - 8:32 PM

It's employers who would benefit most from the flexibility it purports to provide.

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myob_STMay. 6, 13 7:14 PM

We public employees have this now - and it is administered differently from manager to manager. This rebuttal tells it like it is: this is definitely not an employee spiff. It is all about the employer and the employer's needs.

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falcon1681May. 6, 13 7:52 PM

Yep. As a public employee, I already have this. It's supposed to be our choice of comp or OT. But here's the kicker. We often get told it's either work for comp or management reserves the right to start changing peoples schedules to cover the shortage. And that's what Republicans would do next for legisltaion. Abolish the employee choice option and give owners/bosses/management the tools to circumvent the employee choice. How aften over the years have we listened to our more radical right wing mouth peices on this very site state that if you work for someone else, you have no right to anything?

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ameaganMay. 6, 13 8:00 PM

There you go! Mr. Kline has no clue about how working people live - he has had a nice cushy public job all his life, and over time was not an issue in his working life - at least not at HIS payscales! Thank you Mr. Obermueller for parsing the Kline message and showing it for what it is - a a sham and an offense to working people, and a gift to Kline's friends - the 1%ters! AM in Eagan

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rgoldserMay. 6, 13 8:22 PM

It sounds so harmless. That is why major business associations support it and labor unions don't. Look who co-sponsored with Kline: Michele Bachman and Erik Paulson. No Minnesota Democrat co-sponsored. What does this tell you?

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ti1310May. 6, 13 8:56 PM

----There you go! Mr. Kline has no clue about how working people live - he has had a nice cushy public job all his life, and over time was not an issue in his working life ----- Kline spent 25 years in the Marines, hardly a nice cushy public job.

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falcon1681May. 6, 13 9:24 PM

ti1310-There you go! Mr. Kline has no clue about how working people live - he has had a nice cushy public job all his life, and over time was not an issue in his working life ----- Kline spent 25 years in the Marines, hardly a nice cushy public job. ---------- Well, when you consider that the majority of his career was spent at the Pentagon as a military aide to Carter and Reagon, flew Marine one and was Program Development Officer at Headquarters Marine Corps, yeah, his job was pretty cushy.

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elmore1May. 6, 13 9:43 PM

Mike, take your liberal union lenses off. This idea makes sense. The union super minority does not represent the other 90% of us who are not. Let people make their own choices.

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cstoney48May. 6, 13 9:56 PM

ti1310 said: "Kline spent 25 years in the Marines, hardly a nice cushy public job." Kline was an officer--its called management. He always benefited from public support--either in the service or in Congress where the benefits and expectations are well defined--at least the benefits in Congress are. This is not about cushy or not cushy--this is about paying for what is produced. Increasingly, many workers depend on overtime and the remuneration it produces. If laboring people wanted this legislation, they would support it. They don't. The gray areas for abuse are real. But then why would reactionaries listen to working people when they don't really like or trust them. After all, management always has the best interests of American workers at heart--right?

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ti1310May. 7, 13 3:59 AM

----ti1310-There you go! Mr. Kline has no clue about how working people live - he has had a nice cushy public job all his life, and over time was not an issue in his working life ----- Kline spent 25 years in the Marines, hardly a nice cushy public job. ---------- Well, when you consider that the majority of his career was spent at the Pentagon as a military aide to Carter and Reagon, flew Marine one and was Program Development Officer at Headquarters Marine Corps, yeah, his job was pretty cushy.---- Well Falcon pot calling the kettle black you have no clue either, you who has been and continues on the public dole yourself with your cushy jobs. You covered about 7 of the 25 years of his career and you fail to mention that officers don't pick their positions, the DOD does. How about His deployments to Somalia and Desert shield/storm? just gloss right over that. How about his years as a junior officer? Marines are extremely hard on junior officers across the board and Command time in any of the services is tough.

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cg49423May. 7, 13 6:51 AM

I will not be surprised if Congress does not pass this bill with the same 'wide margin' of bi-partisan support as the Senate's internet sales tax bill passed earlier this week. I have been a recipent of Comp Time in the past and I would like to keep it that way, IN THE PAST.

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