July 15, 2003
Another view on "Flex Time"

Froma Harrop, syndicated columnist, writes from a left-of-center perspective. Consequently, I frequently disagree with her conclusions. However, in this op-ed column, I have nothing but praise for what she has written.

She is discussing union opposition to the "Family Time Flexibility Act", a Republican-sponsored measure that would allow workers to take overtime compensation as either financial incentives, or as additional time off. She notes (correctly) that many people would gladly work longer hours in order to accrue additional time off. She can't understand why the union leadership is so dead-set against the measure, and chalks it up to them being a bit out of touch with working people. (My words, not hers, but I think my summation is accurate).

posted on July 15, 2003 08:14 PM


overtime pay = increased union dues....

Does extra time off in place of $$ in the pocket rob the union coffers?

posted by oceanguy on July 16, 2003 07:11 AM

Got it in one, oceanguy. Union dues are often calculated as a percentage of compensation.

posted by T. Hartin on July 17, 2003 10:00 AM

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