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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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WFI Commends Subcommittee On Health, Employment, Labor & Pensions For NLRB Reform Hearing

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February 14, 2017                                                                                    202-677-7060

WFI Commends Subcommittee On Health, Employment, Labor & Pensions For NLRB Reform Hearing

“Restoring Balance And Fairness To The National Labor Relations Board” Subcommittee Hearing First Step Toward Reforming Out-Of-Control Agency

Washington, D.C. – Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) spokesperson Heather Greenaway released the following statement in support of today’s hearing on National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reform in the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce:

“Today’s hearing featured compelling testimony from several business leaders and organizations who have been personally impacted by the harmful regulations imposed over the past eight years.  We applaud the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions – and particularly Subcommittee Chairman Tim Walberg – for holding this important hearing and examining the ways that we can unravel the Obama-era’s anti-business, pro-union boss rules and reduce the regulatory burdens imposed on America’s job creators.  Restoring balance and fairness to the National Labor Relations Board should be step one for the new administration and Congress.”

BACKGROUND:

Ms. Reem Aloul: “The decision by government officials here in Washington to change the joint employer standard is a baffling one … The policy is so broad and unpredictable; it could be applied to nearly any conceivable business relationship … As a franchisee, one of many, joint employer unfairly changes the rules of business in the middle of the game.  I invested a career’s worth of savings in this business.  And now joint employer liability threatens everything I’ve worked for.” (Hearing, “Restoring Balance And Fairness To The National Labor Relations Board.,” U.S. House Committee On Education & The Workforce, 2/14/17)

Mr. Raymond J. LaJeunesse, Jr.: “The shortened time-frame for representation elections has adversely affected the ability of individual employees to fully educate themselves about the pros and cons of monopoly union representation … The new rules have violated workers’ privacy rights by requiring employers to provide employees’ personal contact information – including their phone numbers, email addresses, and work times – to union organizers, with no effective limitation upon to whom the information would be passed.” (Hearing, “Restoring Balance And Fairness To The National Labor Relations Board.,” U.S. House Committee On Education & The Workforce, 2/14/17)

Mr. Kurt G. Larkin: “Unfortunately and in stark contrast to the modest and gradual changes we have seen in previous administrations, the Board over the past eight years has produced some of the most drastic and one-sided policy changes in its history.  In virtually every case, these changes have worked decided hardships on the employer community … While its efforts to rewrite American labor law have spanned a variety of issues, there is a common theme in most of the Board’s actions.  In almost every instance in which the Board has changed the law in a manner it contends makes the Act more employee-friendly (some would say more union-friendly), its rationale underlying the change has been tone deaf to the realities of the American workplace and the challenges business owners of all sizes face in today’s economic landscape.” (Written Testimony, Kurt G. Larkin, 2/14/17)

Chairman Tim Walberg: “I would suggest to you that there is a reason why the NLRB is pushing to put arbitrary and artificial roadblocks and standards in the way to put the thumb on the scale to assist in stopping the slide in the growth of unions and to turn that around without the request of the employee themselves.” (Hearing, “Restoring Balance And Fairness To The National Labor Relations Board.,” U.S. House Committee On Education & The Workforce, 2/14/17)

  • “In the weeks and months ahead, we will do everything we can to turn back this failed, activist agenda and restore balance and fairness to the [NLRB].  We will work to protect the rights of workers and employers, and help create an environment where businesses can grow and workers can achieve a lifetime of success.” (Hearing, “Restoring Balance And Fairness To The National Labor Relations Board.,” U.S. House Committee On Education & The Workforce, 2/14/17)

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: Trump Administration Takes First Step To Kill Overtime Rule

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February 9, 2017                                                                                    202-677-7060

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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).

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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President Trump: NLRB Needs Vacant Seats Filled

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President Trump: NLRB Needs Vacant Seats Filled

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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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