Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has signed onto a lawsuit along with 20 other states to stop the new overtime rule that would extend mandatory overtime pay for 130,000 Ohio workers. In response to that news, Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga issued the following statement:
‘Attorney General DeWine’s agreement to sign on to the lawsuit against the rule is akin to a slap in the face for working people. The rule will require employers to pay employees for the work that they do. The rule is long overdue, it is fair and will go a long way in addressing the ever growing problem of income inequality and the need to raise wages across the board.
As Attorney General, Mike DeWine should be looking out for working people and making sure there is justice in all matters of employment and compensation. Instead, he has decided to join this lawsuit that will only jeopardize that long overdue correction. DeWine is unfairly siding with corporate CEOs ahead of working people. I call on Attorney General DeWine to drop the lawsuit and get about making sure we have an economy that works for us all and not just the wealthy few that he is doing the bidding for in this ill-advised move.”