by Leigh Strope, AP - February 01, 2003
The Bush administration claims that the pillars of American labor law, which established the 40-hour work week, a minimum wage and overtime pay, are antiquated.
Labor unions point out that changes would severely restrict who is legally required to be paid for overtime work.
"Nothing prohibits employers from requiring as many hours as they want," said Chris Owens, public policy director for the AFL-CIO. "The overtime pay requirement is the only thing that acts as a break on excessive work hours."