Working Families Flexibility Act Offers Compelling Opportunity For Crucial Reform

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April 5, 2017                                                                                    202-677-7060

Working Families Flexibility Act Offers Compelling Opportunity For Crucial Reform
Legislation Directly Aids Families By Eliminating Outdated Federal, Private-Sector Restrictions

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on the “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (H.R. 1180).”  In response, Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) spokesperson Heather Greenaway released the following statement:

“The Workforce Fairness Institute applauds efforts to advance common-sense legislation providing employees more flexibility in the workplace.  H.R. 1180 would, for the first time, allow employees in the private sector the choice of paid time off – in the form of comp time – in lieu of cash wages for overtime worked.  State and local government employees have long been granted this choice; however, onerous federal labor laws prohibited private-sector employees from having the same option.  This no-brainer reform will give parents greater flexibility to be there for their families – maintaining the standard 40-hour workweek, but giving employees more of a choice in how overtime work is compensated.  This legislation is a pro-family, pro-worker solution that enhances flexibility in the workplace, and today’s hearing featured compelling testimony to that effect.”

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 U.S. Senate Committee Vote Approving Acosta’s Nomination For Labor Secretary

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March 30, 2017                                                                                                  202-677-7060

WFI Applauds U.S. Senate Committee Vote Approving Acosta’s Nomination For Labor Secretary 

Washington, D.C. – Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) spokesperson Heather Greenaway released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Senate Committee on Heath, Education, Labor and Pensions’ (HELP) vote on Alexander Acosta’s nomination for U.S. Secretary of Labor:

“We applaud the Senate HELP Committee’s vote today to advance Alexander Acosta’s nomination to the Senate floor.  As both a former U.S. Attorney and member of the National Labor Relations Board, Acosta understands the complex labor laws of this nation and has seen firsthand the effects of crippling regulations on jobs and economic growth.  He has the record and expertise to bring sanity back to the Department of Labor and reverse years of labor policies that hurt businesses and American workers alike, while rewarding union bosses.  We urge the full Senate to act quickly and confirm his nomination.”

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 Signs Into Law Repeal Of Obama-Era “Blacklisting Rule”

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March 27, 2017                                                                                                  202-677-7060

President Trump Signs Into Law Repeal Of Obama-Era “Blacklisting Rule”

Washington, D.C. – Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) spokesperson Heather Greenaway released the following statement today in response to President Donald Trump signing into law H.J. Res. 37, under the Congressional Review Act:

“With the stroke of the President’s pen, a punitive and unnecessary Obama-era rule that unfairly blacklisted some federal contractors from government bids was repealed.  The Workforce Fairness Institute applauds President Trump for eliminating this misguided regulation that undermined labor laws and punished job creators.  Since day one of his administration, President Trump has held firm on his commitment to unravel the growth-inhibiting, job-killing mandates of the past eight years – a refreshing change from the Obama Administration, which went out of its way to prop up Big Labor, and make it more difficult for workers and businesses to operate.  We thank President Trump for continuing to fulfill his campaign promises and appreciate him signing H.J. Res. 37 into law.”

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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ICYMI: How President Trump Can Restore Sanity To America’s Labor Laws

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March 24, 2017                                                                                                  202-677-7060

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How President Trump Can Restore Sanity To America’s Labor Laws

Heather Greenaway

March 24, 2017

The Hill

In President Trump’s first two months in office, it’s become abundantly clear that his administration is serious and well on its way to getting our economy back on track after eight years of burdensome and detrimental regulations.

From President Trump’s “one-in, two-out” executive order, to his administration’s signal concerning the harmful and arbitrary overtime rule, the administration has gotten immediately to work cutting through bureaucratic red tape and unleashing employee freedom. Indeed, these are the free market ideals, commitment to putting Americans back to work, and pledges to grow our economy that swept Donald Trump into office.

The nomination of Alexander Acosta, a former member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division, to head the Department of Labor has provided yet another sign that the president will fulfill his campaign promises and reshape labor policy in a way that works for all Americans, workers and job creators alike.

However, there is still plenty of work to be done. Now that the President’s cabinet is filling out, it’s time for the Trump administration to appoint two new, pro-business board members to fill the vacant NLRB seats. President Trump’s appointment of Philip Miscimarra, a pro-employee and employer board member, as acting head of the NLRB is a great start, but these two additional seats must be filled quickly for the real work to begin.

When the NLRB was created decades ago by the National Labor Relations Act, lawmakers envisioned it as an unbiased arbiter of labor disputes to ensure that our nation’s workers were protected from unfair labor practices. What they did not envision, however, was a job-killing agency undertaking the bidding of Big Labor that makes it harder for businesses to open and operate, and in turn, hire new workers.

The last eight years have sullied the board’s reputation, as the Obama administration tirelessly employed it as a tool to do the bidding of union bosses. The list of egregious, labor-law-changing decisions made in recent years is quite long. From a Joint Employer Standard that deconstructs America’s franchise model to rules tipping the scales toward workplace unionization, such as ambush elections and micro-unions, each decision seemed worse than the next.

But finally, under President Trump, we have a chance to restore sanity to our labor laws and bring the NLRB back to its original charter: maintaining workplace fairness and balancing the interests of business, labor, and of course, employees across the country.

With President Trump in office and, if confirmed, Alexander Acosta at the helm at the Labor Department, we have an opportunity to restore balance to labor relations in our country by removing unnecessary constraints and unleashing our nation’s economic potential.

And that’s what American workers so badly want. They cherish their individual freedoms and recognize the interests of union bosses do not align with their own. This has been clearly evidenced by the drastic decline in union membership nationwide. Our economic policies should be focused on protecting workers and putting America first, not pandering to the desires of Big Labor.

That’s why it’s so important President Trump get to work installing pro-workers, pro-jobs, and pro-growth board members at the NLRB to counterbalance the strong union influence we have today. These vacancies present a real opportunity to turn the board’s agenda around, and to get to work rolling back many of the disastrous decisions of the past several years. President Trump must use his executive power to fill these seats — and soon — as it’s critical for our nation moving forward.

 

Heather Greenaway is a spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute.

To access the op-ed, click here.

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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Acosta Confirmation Hearing Shows He’s The Right Man For Labor Department Job

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March 22, 2017                                                                                                  202-677-7060

Acosta Confirmation Hearing Shows He’s The Right Man For Labor Department Job

Washington, D.C. – Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) spokesperson Heather Greenaway released the following statement in response to today’s confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions concerning Alexander Acosta’s nomination for U.S. Secretary of Labor:

“Today’s hearing demonstrated that Alexander Acosta is the man for the job at the U.S. Department of Labor.  His accomplished legal record and tenure as a former member of the National Labor Relations Board make him uniquely qualified to take the helm of the Labor Department, and begin the process of rolling back years of crippling regulations and bureaucratic red tape.  We are confident that he has the background and expertise to fight for workers and advance pro-growth policies that further everyday Americans’ interests, not those of Big Labor bosses.  His responses today demonstrate that he deserves broad bipartisan support and we look forward to the committee’s swift vote in favor of confirmation.”

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 Praises Passage Of Repeal Of Obama-Era Contracting Rules

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March 7, 2017                                                                                                  202-677-7060

Workforce Fairness Institute Praises Passage Of Repeal Of Obama-Era Contracting Rules

Washington, D.C. – Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) spokesperson Heather Greenaway released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Congressional Review Act repealing the misguided Obama-era ‘blacklisting rule’ for federal contractors:

“The Workforce Fairness Institute applauds the Senate’s passage of the Congressional Review Act, which repeals the misguided Obama-era ‘blacklisting rule’ for federal contractors.  This unnecessary regulation undermined labor laws already on the books and punitively punished job creators at the behest of Big Labor.  We look forward to President Trump signing this bill into law as he fulfills his campaign promise to roll back job-killing regulations imposed by the Obama Administration and put the government back on the side of American workers.  Blocking the ‘blacklisting rule’ is an excellent first step to unwinding eight years of bureaucratic red tape, and making it simpler for companies to create jobs and help grow our economy.”

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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ICYMI: Senate Should Swiftly Confirm Acosta

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March 3, 2017                                                                                                  202-677-7060

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Senate Should Swiftly Confirm Acosta

Heather Greenaway

March 3, 2017

InsideSources

After eight years of crippling regulations and policies detrimental to American workers, the Trump administration is committed to getting our nation back on track through free-market ideals that will grow our economy and create jobs.

We’ve seen that commitment from the inauguration — with President Trump signing an executive order to reduce bureaucratic red tape as one of his first actions. His “one-in, two-out” order affirms that this is a major priority, requiring that for every new regulation imposed by federal agencies, two must be rescinded.

Trump has also made clear his intention to roll back the Obama overtime rule — an egregious change to the way millions of workers are classified that arbitrarily doubled the salary threshold for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476. The administration has already taken the first step to kill this harmful mandate.

And now, Trump’s pick of Alexander Acosta to head the Department of Labor is further indication of this administration’s economic vision when it comes to labor policy.

As a former member of the National Labor Relations Board appointed by President George W. Bush, Acosta knows firsthand how to unravel the job-killing regulations put in place by the Obama administration in favor of pro-growth, free-market principles that get Americans back to work. He acutely understands the harm of NLRB decisions that benefit Big Labor at the expense of our nation’s job creators and workers — like the ambush election rule, micro-union decision and joint-employer standard — and he has experience enforcing the labor laws.

Acosta is a man with an extremely accomplished legal record, and he’s spent years advocating for the rights of minorities at the Justice Department, ensuring civil liberties were protected. As a former assistant attorney general in the Bush administration and a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, as well as a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, his reputation for pragmatism and fairness precedes him.

With Acosta at the helm of Labor Department, there’s no question he’ll leverage his skills and experience to serve as a champion of America’s workforce while restoring balance between overregulation and firm protections for our country’s workers and job creators. And that’s exactly what we need.

The last eight years have been a disaster for small businesses in our nation. Under President Obama, more businesses have closed than been started. Our labor force participation barely breaks 60 percent and our country has become one of the hardest places to earn a living. It’s high time for a leader at the Department of Labor who will prioritize regulatory reform and who refuses to accept the status quo of a slow-growing economy and lagging unemployment.

President Trump was swept into office by voters who believe the American Dream must be restored. And even though it’s early still, he’s already begun to deliver. Free-market policies over government mandates have been front and center during the first month of the administration, and President Trump has been steadfast on the need to reduce regulations, promote American jobs and grow our economy.

There’s no one better to help him accomplish these goals than Alexander Acosta. He’s highly qualified to serve as secretary of labor and deserves swift confirmation.

 

To access the op-ed, click here.

 

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 Releases Statement On The Nomination Of Alexander Acosta For Labor Secretary

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February 16, 2017                                                                                                  202-677-7060

Workforce Fairness Institute Releases Statement On The Nomination Of Alexander Acosta For Labor Secretary

Washington, D.C. – Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) spokesperson Heather Greenaway released the following statement in response to today’s announcement by President Donald Trump that Alexander Acosta is his nominee to serve as the next United States Secretary of Labor:

“Alexander Acosta is a man with an extremely accomplished legal record, and as a former member of the National Labor Relations Board, knows firsthand the damaging consequences of the Obama Administration’s job-killing regulations.  As the Secretary of Labor, he will need to leverage his skills and experience to restore balance in American workplaces that have been tilted toward union bosses and bring sanity to the Labor Department.  Acosta has both the background and expertise to protect America’s workers, while advancing pro-growth policies and cutting through the bureaucratic red tape imposed on employees and employers across the country.”

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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