June 30, 2015 / 3:25 PM / 4 years ago

Obama touts overtime pay proposal as 'fair' on Twitter

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks after signing House Resolution 2146, the "Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act and Trade Preference Extension Act of 2015," during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama touted his new proposal to increase the number of workers eligible for overtime pay on Monday, saying on Twitter “a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”

The Department of Labor proposal would make nearly 5 million more workers eligible for overtime pay, a move that could face legal challenges.

Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott

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