The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week, late in the night, to pass H.R. 6094, a bill designed to kill the new overtime rules, which are due to begin December 1, 2016.
Over 16,000 Maine workers will benefit from the updated overtime standards, which Pres. Barack Obama pushed for.
The bill would delay the law's implementation by six months.
The Republican rationale for delaying is to give the next Congress time to kill the rule altogether. Rep. Poliquin voted to deny Maine workers overtime.
Rep. Chellie Pingree voted against the overtime rollback.
"It’s disappointing that Rep. Poliquin voted to deny 16,000 Maine workers the overtime pay they deserve. Rep. Poliquin apparently doesn’t think workers should be paid for their labor. A vote to delay the overtime rule is designed to kill it. This bill will rob millions of workers of the opportunity to earn more pay or spend more time with their families, "said Maine AFL-CIO Executive Director Matt Schlobohmon.
"Maine workers have been putting in longer hours and still not getting ahead. The new overtime standard restored the basic promise of a fair days pay for a fair days work."