Washington workers’ union leaders are calling for an urgent overhaul of the way workers are paid.
The union leaders said they will hold a protest at the Capitol Tuesday to demand an end to the practice of employers paying workers for safety wear.
The workers are concerned that overtime will be paid out of the paycheck and not as overtime pay.
The workers’ demands were included in a letter released Tuesday by the construction workers union.
The Washington Post is not naming the union leaders because of the sensitive nature of their concerns.
The union, which has 2,700 members, represents more than 400,000 workers.
The letter, addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said that overtime pay should be paid for at least 30 days of overtime and that overtime should not be paid if it is not necessary for an employer to keep a worker on the job.
“The cost of overtime, the cost of working overtime is borne by taxpayers, not workers, and is the primary source of labor in the construction industry,” the letter said.
“The overtime pay for contractors who work on federal construction projects should be at least $40 per hour, which would equal about two hours of overtime a day for every full-time worker on federal projects.
This would be in addition to the regular wages for all federal workers.”
Construction workers also have to report to work after work on Friday.