ICYMI: Trump Administration Takes First Step To Kill Overtime Rule

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Trump Administration Takes First Step To Kill Overtime Rule

Heather Greenaway
February 8, 2017
The Daily Caller

It shouldn’t be news to anyone that the Obama Administration’s Department of Labor did far more to line the pockets of Big Labor than it did to advance pro-worker and pro-business policies.  There’s a lot of work to be done to get America’s employees back on track, which is why I’m encouraged by the Trump Administration taking the first step to kill the egregious Obama-era overtime rule.  By filing an extension with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, they have further delayed implementation of the rule and consideration of the Obama Administration’s appeal.

The overtime rule would more than double the salary threshold under which employees must be paid overtime from $23,000 to $47,000, with the effect of reclassifying an entire category of workers.  It would turn entry-level careers into hourly jobs for people entering the workforce, placing an artificial ceiling on upward mobility and professional growth.  By forcing employers to limit hours, this regulation would cost employees their valued flexibility in negotiating wage and hour agreements, and would indeed hurt the very low-wage workers that the rule was supposedly intended to help.  We should focus on giving America’s workforce the opportunity to succeed and contribute to our nation’s economic growth, not stifling the prospects of success and advancement.

Besides disadvantaging young people entering the workforce, the overtime rule puts a handicap on small business owners.  In order to comply with the rule, small businesses like restaurants or mom and pop shops will be forced to reduce workers’ hours and wages. If those employees were not able to continue working for lower pay and fewer hours, small business owners will be forced to seek out new employees with less experience and lower skill levels, leading to a drop in productivity, and potentially, an increase in prices.

The next step is for the Trump Administration to request that the 5th Circuit drop the appeal and work to fully rescind this overreaching regulation.  By overturning this harmful rule, we can get to work on restoring the strength of the American workforce and promoting worker freedom – two of President Trump’s prominent campaign promises.

Once the administration overturns the rule, they can focus their efforts on the myriad of other anti-worker, pro-union policies enacted by the Obama Administration and its reckless National Labor Relations Board (NRLB).  It’s no secret that the NLRB has worked relentlessly over the past eight years to impose Obama’s liberal agenda, forcibly unionizing workers and restructuring America’s workplace to the detriment of employers, small businesses and worker freedom.

The ambush election rule is a perfect example of the NLRB’s pro-Big Labor policy bias.  This rule dramatically shortened the window of time between a union petition and election – eliminating the minimum 25-day period that gave employees and employers time to prepare.  With this unnecessary and overreaching regulation, the NLRB essentially granted Big Labor the opportunity to take advantage of workers in their efforts to increase membership rolls hence dues to bosses.

In another blatant attempt to forcibly unionize workers, the NLRB’s micro-union decision allowed unions to organize sub-units of a workplace, as opposed to the workplace as a whole.  By cherry-picking those individuals more predisposed to unionize into various subgroups, this decision gave union bosses yet another tool to increase their odds of winning elections and increasing membership.

Despite the efforts of the Obama Administration to promote Big Labor with the aforementioned handouts, the American people are rejecting unions in droves.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, union membership rates in America recently hit an all-time low – at just 10.7 percent.  This is happening because our workforce has come to realize that Big Labor is selling an outdated product that few want, or need, and that no longer represent their best interests.

I look forward to more of the Trump Administration’s efforts to roll back the gross federal overreach of the Obama-era, and am pleased to see that President Trump has wasted no time in taking the first step toward checking the power of Big Labor and putting our country back to work.  It’s time to stand together in prioritizing the interests of America’s workforce with pro-growth and pro-business policies

Heather Greenaway is a spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).

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The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace.  To learn more, please visit: http://www.workforcefairness.com.

To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Ryan Williams at (202) 677-7060.

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President Trump: NLRB Needs Vacant Seats Filled

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President Trump: NLRB Needs Vacant Seats Filled

The Hill
Heather Greenaway
February 9, 2017

The Trump administration has wasted no time rolling back several of the onerous Obama-era regulations that have stifled employee freedom, crippled economic growth and hurt small businesses alike.  Indeed, President Trump’s executive order directing his federal agencies that for every new federal regulation implemented, two others must be rescinded was a good one – signaling seriousness to keep his campaign promises to roll back government overreach and cut through bureaucratic red tape.

However, there’s one crucial step President Trump should take immediately to ensure his campaign promises become reality, and that’s to appoint two new, pro-business board members to fill the two vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The NLRB, established decades ago by the National Labor Relations Act, was intended to be an unbiased arbiter of labor disputes, ensuring our nation’s workers were protected from unfair labor practices and enforcing the Act, while remedying violations.  However, over the past several years, the NLRB has been unapologetically pro-union, carrying out Big Labor’s bidding while nationally, union membership has been in drastic decline as Americans turn their backs on union bosses.
We saw their pro-union bias in many decisions – from ambush elections to the recognition of micro-unions to the Joint Employer Standard.  Speeding up union elections and eliminating the minimum 25-day period to allow employers time to prepare was a gift to labor bosses and originally thought to increase union wins.   Micro-unions were another “gimmie,” redefining the traditional bargaining unit so that subgroups of a workplace could unionize when other attempts had failed.  But perhaps no decision has sowed confusion and rocked the business community as much as the Joint Employer Standard, which redefined the employer-employee relationship, holding companies accountable for potential labor-law violations by their franchisees or contractors.

It’s been a tumultuous time for small businesses.  Never before in history have we had a more activist, partisan NLRB – who cumulatively upended over 4,500 years of established labor law, according to a recent study conducted by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace and the Workplace Policy Institute.  The past eight years have seen the overturning of 91 precedents, and, “In each case where the Obama Board changed the law, the resulting new law became more favorable to labor interests than it did under previous Board rulings – frequently at the expense of promoting stable bargaining and economic growth and without regard for balancing the interests of business, labor and employees,” according to the study.

That’s why it’s so important to get new board members appointed, and soon. President Trump has named Republican board member Philip Miscimarra Acting Chairman, a tenured board member who has been a tireless advocate for pro-employer and employee policies that protect workplace freedom and America’s workforce.  But he needs support in order to get to work restoring established labor law and advocating for the people’s interests, as opposed to union bosses’.

With Democrats in the U.S. Senate obstructing the President’s agenda at every turn, taking far longer than the historical norm to even confirm the President’s Cabinet nominees, it’s crucial these picks don’t get embroiled in the fight and controversy. That’s why we’re calling on President Trump to use his power to quickly name two Republican appointments to the board and leverage his bully pulpit to get them confirmed.

Heather Greenaway is a spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).

 

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WFI Commends Missouri For Becoming 28th Right-To-Work State

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February 6, 2017                                                                                    202-677-7060

WFI Commends Missouri For Becoming 28th Right-To-Work State

Washington, D.C. – Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) spokesperson Heather Greenaway released the following statement today in response to Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’s signing of right-to-work legislation into law:

“With the stroke of Governor Greitens’s pen, Missouri became the 28th state in the nation to enact right-to-work – marking the first time in U.S. history that more than half of the nation’s workforce lives in states with this crucial freedom.  We are thrilled to see the Show-Me State join many of its neighbors in freeing their workforce from mandatory union dues and putting the power back in the hands of Missouri workers.  We firmly believe that Missourians, and indeed all Americans, should be able to negotiate freely with their employer and not rely on union bosses who advocate policies contrary to their interests.  We applaud Governor Greitens and the Missouri legislature for their leadership on this issue.”

 The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace.  To learn more, please visit: http://www.workforcefairness.com.

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WFI Praises House Vote Blocking Obama-Era Contracting Rules

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February 1, 2017                                                                                    202-677-7060

 WFI Praises House Vote Blocking Obama-Era Contracting Rules

“The Workforce Fairness Institute today applauded a bipartisan vote in the U.S. House blocking the ‘blacklisting rule’ issued by the Obama Administration.  This misguided rule punitively punished employers to the benefit of labor bosses and disregarded rules already in existence for the purpose of protecting workers, while also holding government contractors to account.  Today’s vote is progress in unwinding a series of actions undertaken by the previous administration that sent a message to workers and businesses alike that the government was not on their side.  For America’s economy to grow and employers to have greater confidence, leaders in the executive and legislative branches must show they are on the side of workers and job creators, and blocking the ‘blacklisting rule’ is a solid step in the right direction.”

 The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace.  To learn more, please visit: http://www.workforcefairness.com.

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WFI Applauds Introduction Of National Right-To-Work Act

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February 1, 2017                                                                                    202-677-7060

WFI Applauds Introduction Of National Right-To-Work Act

 

Washington, D.C. – Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) spokesperson Heather Greenaway released the following statement today in response to the introduction of the National Right to Work Act:

“We applaud the introduction of this critical bill to protect worker freedom.  We firmly believe that our nation’s workers should have the ability, and the right, to negotiate their own terms of employment with their employer.  This legislation protects employees from forced union dues, ensuring America’s workforce has the freedom to choose the representation that works best for them – not union bosses.  After decades of falling short, Big Labor’s record of broken promises and extensive failings to represent the interests of their membership are coming to the fore and they have lost the confidence of America’s workers.  It’s time to take the levers of power away from union bosses and hand them back to the people.  The National Right-to-Work Act does just that – and we look forward to its swift passage in Congress.”

 The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace.  To learn more, please visit: http://www.workforcefairness.com.

To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Ryan Williams at (202) 677-7060.

 

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WFI Applauds President Trump’s Executive Order On Regulations

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January 30, 2017                                                                                    202-677-7060

WFI Applauds President Trump’s Executive Order On Regulations

Washington, D.C. – Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) spokesperson Heather Greenaway released the following statement today in response to the executive order signed by President Trump on regulations:

“President Trump has fulfilled yet another campaign promise with his executive order to limit excessive government overregulation.  With the stroke of a pen, President Trump ensured that for every new federal regulation implemented, two others must be rescinded, signaling his seriousness to cut through the bureaucratic red tape and allow small businesses to grow and thrive.  For far too long, federal regulations have imposed undue burdens on workers and job creators in this country.  This executive order is great news for businesses across America who have been burdened by regulations from agencies like the National Labor Relations Board and the Obama-era Department of Labor.”

The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace.  To learn more, please visit: http://www.workforcefairness.com.

To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Ryan Williams at (202) 677-7060.

 

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Even After Obama Giveaways, Union Membership Hits All-Time Low

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January 27, 2017                                                                                    202-677-7060

Even After Obama Giveaways, Union Membership Hits All-Time Low

 

Washington, D.C. – Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) spokesperson Heather Greenaway released the following statement today in response to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing union membership rates have hit an all-time low:

“After eight years of handouts to Big Labor under President Obama, more workers are walking away from unions and choosing workplace freedom.  New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows just 10.7 percent of American workers were members of labor unions in 2016, following years of drastic decline.  Just as more states are passing right-to-work laws, American workers are also making their voices heard and deciding against forming collective bargaining units after Big Labor has fallen short on its promises, hurt employees and small businesses alike, and benefitted the bosses as opposed to the rank and file.”

The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace.  To learn more, please visit: http://www.workforcefairness.com.

To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Ryan Williams at (202) 677-7060.

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Workforce Fairness Institute Congratulates President Trump & Encourages New Government To Stand With America’s Employees & Employers

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January 20, 2017                                                                                    202-677-7060

Workforce Fairness Institute Congratulates President Trump & Encourages New Government To Stand With America’s Employees & Employers

 

Washington, D.C. – Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) spokesperson Heather Greenaway today released the following statement in response to inauguration of the 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump:

“The Workforce Fairness Institute congratulates President Trump and Vice President Pence on their inauguration to the highest offices in our nation.  With the democratic transition of power from one administration to the next complete, America’s workers and businesses are hopeful that an era of punitive governmental and regulatory policies has concluded, while a new one focused on growth, prosperity and respect for individual rights has begun.  The employees that make our products and perform our services as well as the businesses that employ our workers and create jobs will look to the new government to undo the damaging policies of the Obama Administration, including the imposition of ambush elections, formation of micro-unions, the Joint Employer Rule, among many others.  Today, our nation’s employees and employers are looking to the future with renewed optimism that the Trump Administration will lead on these issues and they stand ready to work with them to achieve that end.”

The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace.  To learn more, please visit: http://www.workforcefairness.com.

To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Ryan Williams at (202) 677-7060.

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