Overtime Protests

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Bush-Cheney campaign workers in three Florida cities say they've been intimidated by chanting labor union activists, who showed up unwelcome in their offices to protest changes pushed by the Bush administration on overtime pay.

Dozens of union activists showed up at the Bush-Cheney campaign offices in Miami, Orlando and Tampa yesterday. It was to deliver postcards from people opposed to regulations that they claim would threaten the overtime payments of chefs, nurses, police officers, journalists and others.

Similar protests organized by labor unions occurred in other cities around the nation. A criminal complaint was filed with the Orlando Police Department after a Republican worker claimed his wrist was sprained while he was trying to stop protesters from getting through the office door. About 50 of the 120 protesters in Orlando got into the office.

Other problems were also reported. One union leader describes the protest as "peaceful," but adds the hand of one of the protesters was cut because of scuffling at the door.

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