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U.S. May Cut Aid to 35 Allied Countries Over International Criminal Court

HeadlineJul 01, 2003

The Bush administration is threatening to cut military aid to 35 allied countries that have yet to sign agreements with Washington exempting U.S. citizens from prosecution by the International Criminal Court. This according to a report in the Washington Post.

8 Million May Lose Overtime Under Proposed Labor Department Rule Change

As many as 8 million Americans could lose overtime wages under a rule change being considered by the Labor Department. The Washington Post reports that unions say the changes would undermine the 40-hour week and strip overtime pay from workers who have grown to depend on it.

Under the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act, non-managerial workers are required to earn time and half for each hour they work beyond 40.

The Post reports the proposed changes would reclassify between between 600,000 and 8 million workers as managerial employees thus stripping them of overtime.

Yesterday more than 100 workers protested outside the Labor Department holding signs reading, “Bush, Why Cut My Pay?” and “Our Grandparents Died for the 40-hour Workweek.”

Among the groups lobbying for the new rules are the National Retail Federation, the National Council of Chain Restaurants and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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