New Minn. Law Eases Shift Swaps By Airline Workers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Workers for Delta Airlines and other air carriers will have more leeway to trade work shifts when a new Minnesota law takes effect Friday.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill Thursday that exempts airlines from a state statute requiring overtime pay for workers who put in more than 48 hours a week, in cases when the employees voluntarily agree to swap scheduled hours.

The bill won unanimous approval from both House and Senate.

The exemption was sought by Delta, and the bill’s House sponsor, Democratic Rep. Leon Lillie of North St. Paul, works for the airline.

Delta CEO Richard Anderson told employees in a message last month that the change would give them more scheduling flexibility. He said Delta would continue to pay overtime when scheduled by the airline.

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  1. James says:

    This shouldn’t be specific to the airlines or any special interests. It should be voluntary to work extra hours at the regular pay if the employer agrees to allow those hours to be worked.

    Not to say, the employer should not require someone to work overtime without compensating them accordingly. Voluntary requests by the employee are different. Some employees are just spectacular and enjoy putting in extra hard work if they want to. Don’t punish them.

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