SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Dollars or days? Lawmakers want to give you the choice of how you're compensated for working more than 40 hours a week.
"We get overtime pay, we don't get a day off. I like overtime because it helps me catch up with my bills," said Anthony Nalyanya of Chicopee.
Federal and state workers already have the option to save earned time and use the days off when they choose. Now Republicans in Congress want private sector workers to have the same flexibility to balance work and family.
"I want a day off. Sometimes in the nice weather you'd like to spend more time with your family," said Hasan Alrefae of Wilbraham.
But while time is more valuable than cash for some workers, there's really no choice for others.
"I'd like to make the money because everything is so expensive and it's hard to maintain and keep up. A normal person who has bills like me, you don't have the opportunity to take time off and miss out on a day's paycheck," said Jazmine Foggs.
Worker advocacy groups and labor unions strongly oppose the idea; they're concerned it's a way for businesses to get out of paying time and a half. The bill forbids employers from encouraging their workers to choose comp time over cash, but it's still not expected to make it through the Democrat-controlled Senate.