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What is a Union?

A Union is a group of workers who join together to achieve better wages, better benefits, respect on the job, and a stronger voice in workplace decisions. With the help of a Union, workers negotiate a contract with their employer to ensure these things.

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The new overtime rule will benefit millions of workers across the country

Economic Snapshot • By Ross Eisenbrey • November 17, 2016

The Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, which takes effect on December 1, significantly increases the number of people who qualify for time-and-a-half pay for any hours they work beyond 40 in a week. Under the old, outdated rule, workers paid a poverty level salary of $23,660 per year could be considered exempt executives or professionals and be denied overtime pay. Under the new rule, salaried employees making less than $47,476 a year must be paid overtime.

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Fair Labor Standards Act

Originally enacted in 1938, this federal statute establishes the nation's basic labor standards. It requires both public and private employers to maintain certain minimum conditions of employment.

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Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA)

OSHA is the nation's basic work-place safety standards act. Federal employees are covered by agency rules that are based on OSHA. This law allows states to enforce safety standards consistent with federal safety standards. Thus, although basic responsibility for OSHA resides with the U.S. Department of Labor, in some states the first level of enforcement is with the state agency. In other states responsibility lies with the federal OSHA branch office.

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