Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

August 3, 2003

by J


The Kerry campaign has informed the press that it is going to launch a petition on the Kerry website tomorrow against Dubya's plans to slash overtime eligibility.
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry planned to launch an Internet-based petition drive Monday aimed at protesting the Bush administration's proposal to revamp overtime pay standards.

Kerry planned to use a meeting with key labor activists to launch drive, becoming the first to sign the protest petition on his campaign's Web site.
But the AP apparently queried Joe Trippi, Dean's campaign manager about it, and Joe said:
''It's taking something straight out of our book, and that's all right."
Yup. You know why? Because the faster, better, nimbler, jedi master that is the Dean campaign just put up their own petition, a day ahead of Kerry's. Ka-Pow! Dean says:
Once again, President Bush is siding with big business at the expense of working families. The Administrationís proposal to deny overtime pay to millions of American workers is offensive. As President, I would reverse it.

A new proposal nearing final approval by the Department of Labor would limit overtime pay to an estimated 8 million workers, according to the Economic Policy Institute. These changes to Fair Labor Standards Act regulations would affect emergency medical technicians, paralegals, licensed practical nurses, draftsmen, surveyors, journalists, cooks, dental hygienists and health technicians, among many others.

This is only the latest in a series of anti-worker policies put forward by this Administration. They dismantled the ergonomics rule, fought an increase in the minimum wage, supported legislation to erode the 40 hour workweek and now they want to cut overtime pay.
If I recall correctly, I've heard or read Dean talk about this issue before. But, I think the Dean campaign just ran up and tweaked the Kerry campaign on the nose. Twoink!

See ya!
Posted by J at August 3, 2003 04:49 PM

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