We did it, After an almost two-year-long rulemaking process, multiple public hearings, and thousands of comments sent in by workers across the state, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries today at last released a final version of the new overtime rule. And it's official: our state is restoring overtime protections to hundreds of thousands of overworked & underpaid salaried workers.
Our victory today reverses a decades-long trend of salaried workers clocking more and more hours but getting paid less and less for them. When the new rule is fully phased in, workers paid up to 2.5x the state minimum wage (about $70,000/year in 2020 dollars) will get time-and-a-half pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week, regardless of whether they’re salaried or hourly, and regardless of their job title.
In other words: Washington state is bringing back the 40-hour workweek!
And it’s about time.
Click here to send a message sharing your support for the state's new overtime rule.
The new overtime rule is a huge step forward. But it isn't the only fight we're facing to make employers respect workers' time again. Hundreds of thousands of hourly food & retail workers are also struggling with unstable & unpredictable work schedules.
That’s why the next step is for the state legislature to pass a statewide secure scheduling law in 2020. Because every worker deserves to have their time respected with advance notice of shifts, input into their schedule, and a right to rest.
TELL YOUR REPS: OUR TIME COUNTS!
Passing a statewide secure scheduling law is going to be tough. The big business lobby is going to fight us every step of the way. But if we can restore overtime protections, we can pass statewide secure scheduling too. And you can help make it happen by sending a message to your state legislators today.
We won a big one today. Now let’s keep it up and make sure that here in Washington, every worker’s time counts.
Thanks for being a part of it,