U.S. PIRG, a lefty coalition of state nonprofits around the nation founded by Ralph Nader, doesn’t like the Obama administration’s new overtime rule. The U.S. PIRG claimed in a statement:
“Organizations like ours rely on small donations from individuals to pay the bills. We can’t expect those individuals to double the amount they donate… Rather, to cover higher staffing costs forced upon us under the rule, we will be forced to hire fewer staff and limit the hours those staff can work – all while the well-funded special interests that we’re up against will simply spend more” (emphasis theirs).”
Rightly so, U.S. PIRG — a far-left champion usually fighting whatever it defines as corporate America — has been criticized as hypocritical for its strong opposition. The organization’s position “suggests it may have many staffers who earn less than $47,500 a year but regularly work more than 40 hours in a week.”
But, U.S. PIRG is okay with working employees more than 40 hours a week without increasing compensation. The Huffington Post:
Andre Delattre, the group’s executive director, told The Huffington Post that U.S. PIRG supports “the intent of the rule,” but that the regulations should distinguish between for-profit companies and non-profit groups. Someone working at McDonald’s to draw a paycheck, Delattre said, is not the same as someone doing “mission-driven” work.
“I think most people understand that there is a difference between the people this rule is trying to protect and other people who are doing work that they’re choosing to do,” Delattre said.
The excuse, of course, is ridiculous. Either the U.S. PIRG believes the progressive policies it champions (like overtime compensation) are appropriate or it doesn’t.
Apparently, it doesn’t.
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