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奥巴马讲话 保护中低收入者 推加班费新规

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Hi everybody.
 
Last summer, I got a letter from a woman named Elizabeth Paredes from Tucson, Arizona.  
Elizabeth is the mom of a 3-year-old boy, and an assistant manager at a sandwich shop. She earns about 2,000 a month, and she routinely works some 50 hours a week, sometimes even more. But because of outdated1 overtime2 regulations, she doesn't have to be paid a dime3 of overtime. She wrote: It's not easy work and requires a lot of time away from my son… at times I find it's not worth it.
 
Things like the 40-hour workweek and overtime are two of the most basic pillars of a middle class life. But for all the changes we've seen in our economy, our overtime rules have only been updated once since the 1970s. Just once. In fact, forty years ago, more than 60 percent of workers were eligible4 for overtime based on their salaries.
 
But today, that number is down to seven percent. Only seven percent of full-time5 salaried workers are eligible for overtime based on their income. That's why this week, my Administration took a step to help more workers get the overtime pay they've earned.
 
The Department of Labor6 finalized7 a rule to extend overtime protections to 4.2 million more Americans. It's a move that will boost wages for working Americans by 12 billion over the next 10 years.
 
We're more than doubling the overtime salary threshold. And what that means is, most salaried workers who earn less than about 47,500 a year will qualify for overtime. Or, their employers can choose to give them a raise so that they earn more than 47,500. Or, if employers don't want to raise wages, they can let them go home after 40 hours and see their families or train for new jobs. Any way you slice it, it's a win for working families.
 
And we're making sure that every three years, there will be an automatic update to this threshold-so that working families won't fall through the cracks for decades at a time ever again. This is the single biggest step I can take through executive action to raise wages for the American people.
 
It means that millions of hardworking Americans like Elizabeth will either get paid for working more than 40 hours, or they'll get more time with their families. Either way, they win. The middle class wins. And America wins.
 
We still have more work to do to make sure this economy works for everybody, not just those at the top. That's why I'll never stop fighting for as long as I hold this office-to restore the sense that in America, hard work should be rewarded with the chance to get ahead.
 
Thanks everybody. Have a great weekend.



  
1 outdated     
adj.旧式的,落伍的,过时的;v.使过时
参考例句:
  • That list of addresses is outdated,many have changed.那个通讯录已经没用了,许多地址已经改了。
  • Many of us conform to the outdated customs laid down by our forebears.我们许多人都遵循祖先立下的过时习俗。


  • 2 overtime     
    adj.超时的,加班的;adv.加班地
    参考例句:
  • They are working overtime to finish the work.为了完成任务他们正在加班加点地工作。
  • He was paid for the overtime he worked.他领到了加班费。


  • 3 dime     
    n.(指美国、加拿大的钱币)一角
    参考例句:
  • A dime is a tenth of a dollar.一角银币是十分之一美元。
  • The liberty torch is on the back of the dime.自由火炬在一角硬币的反面。


  • 4 eligible     
    adj.有条件被选中的;(尤指婚姻等)合适(意)的
    参考例句:
  • He is an eligible young man.他是一个合格的年轻人。
  • Helen married an eligible bachelor.海伦嫁给了一个中意的单身汉。


  • 5 full-time     
    adj.满工作日的或工作周的,全时间的
    参考例句:
  • A full-time job may be too much for her.全天工作她恐怕吃不消。
  • I don't know how she copes with looking after her family and doing a full-time job.既要照顾家庭又要全天工作,我不知道她是如何对付的。


  • 6 labor     
    n.劳动,努力,工作,劳工;分娩;vi.劳动,努力,苦干;vt.详细分析;麻烦
    参考例句:
  • We are never late in satisfying him for his labor.我们从不延误付给他劳动报酬。
  • He was completely spent after two weeks of hard labor.艰苦劳动两周后,他已经疲惫不堪了。


  • 7 finalized     
    vt.完成(finalize的过去式与过去分词形式)
    参考例句:
  • The draft of this article has been finalized [done]. 这篇文章已经定稿。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The draft was revised several times before it was finalized. 稿子几经删改才定下来。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》



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