U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski voted this week in favor of a bill that would allow private-sector employees to trade overtime pay for paid time off at the same rate of 1.5 hours per hour of overtime worked.
The bill passed by a vote of 223-204 with mostly Republican support, including that of Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph.
Just three Democrats voted in favor of it.
Opponents of the measure, including a number of prominent employee unions, argue it would undermine the 40-hour work week and cut worker pay with no guarantee of paid vacation days when they need them.
"At home in Indiana, I hear from moms and dads in the grocery store and around town who are struggling to balance hectic work schedules," Walorski, R-Jimtown, said in a statement. "From parent-teacher conferences and extra-curricular activities to caring for aging parents and relatives, our families need better time-management options to achieve healthy balance in their daily routines.
"I am proud to co-sponsor this commonsense legislation to provide private-sector employees the chance to work with employers on voluntary opportunities for better time management. Hoosier families will have the freedom and flexibility to plan more efficient schedules to accommodate their needs, offering more choices that reflect the demands of our workforce."
In a news release after the vote, Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee accused Walorski of standing "with the Republican Congress and against the working families of Indiana by voting for less pay, less flexibility and less rights for working families.
"The working families of Indiana work hard to support their families, but Congresswoman Walorski ignored them by supporting this trap of a bill that would chip away at workers' wages and only lead to many Americans working more hours for less pay," Ferguson said.
The bill now moves to the Democrat-controlled Senate, where it is believed to have little chance of passage.