Rep. Takano Condemns Passage of So-Called Working Families Flexibility Act

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following statement after House Republicans passed H.R. 1180, the so-called Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017.

“I am extremely disappointed that House Republicans have pushed through yet another bill that rigs the rules of the economy against working families. The so-called Working Families Flexibility Act gives employees no meaningful rights they don’t already have, and gives employers the flexibility and the power to withhold overtime pay in exchange for a false promise of comp time in the future. 

“This vote reflects a familiar pattern in the 115th Congress. When faced with the choice between protecting workers and rewarding corporations, House Republicans routinely fall on the side of corporate interests. The evidence is in this bill. The evidence is in their vote to roll back workplace safety reporting standards, the evidence is in their vote to block the fiduciary rule, and the evidence is in Republicans’ continued resistance to restoring overtime protections for millions of middle class workers.

“In his Inaugural address to the nation, President Trump promised that his administration would give power back to the people. This legislation betrays that promise and it betrays the people who desperately need a voice in Washington."  


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