President Barack Obama touted his economic policies in La Crosse today, including his recent move to expand overtime pay for nominally managerial positions.
Obama spoke for about 40 minutes to a packed house at the Recreational Eagle Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
"This is an issue of basic fairness. If you work longer and work harder, you should get paid for it," Obama said.
Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Labor will update the salary threshold to receive overtime to $970 per week, or $50,440 per year, in 2016, from the $455 per week, or $23,660 per year, it has been since 2004. He says the change will allow workers currently designated managers to receive overtime pay they deserve -- or more time away from work.
"They essentially label someone as a manager instead of a worker, even if they are making like $25,000, working a whole bunch of hours. It's a way of getting around the minimum wage; it's not fair," Obama said.
Obama said the rules would give 80,000 people in Wisconsin and 5 million people in the U.S. overtime protections.
"In American, a hard day's work deserves a fair day's wage," Obama said.
Obama also called for a higher minimum wage, expanded sick leave and free community college courses, all while criticizing Republican policies.