WFI Issues Praise To U.S. House Appropriations Committee

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                CONTACT: Ryan Williams
July 15, 2016                                                                                                      202-677-7060

WFI Issues Praise To U.S. House Appropriations Committee
Full Committee Passes Subcommittee On Labor, Health And Human Services, Education, And Related Agencies Funding Bill

Washington, D.C. – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today commended the work of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations in passing the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies’ fiscal year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill.  The appropriations bill addresses burdensome and harmful actions undertaken by President Obama’s Department of Labor (DoL) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Heather Greenaway, spokesperson for the WFI, issued the following statement:

“America’s workers and small businesses have been the target of misguided pro-union policies that kill jobs and suppress growth for far too long.  Under President Obama, the Department of Labor and National Labor Relations Board have acted like little more than extensions of Big Labor, whose self-interest is not the nation’s interest.  In passing funding legislation that cuts off taxpayer dollars to damaging provisions such as the NLRB’s micro-union ruling and so-called Joint Employer Standard, as well as the Department of Labor’s deeply flawed overtime rule, the Congress has demonstrated the time for talking has ceased.  It is now time for the full U.S. House to pass this language and stand firm that employees and employers in our nation deserve better than the Obama Administration’s special interest giveaways.”

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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Democratic Party Platform Opposes Union Minimum Wage Exemptions

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July 11, 2016                                                                                                        202-677-7060

Democratic Party Platform Opposes Union Minimum Wage Exemptions
In Calling For $15 Minimum Wage Indexed To Inflation, Big Labor’s Forced Unionization Scheme Repudiated

Washington, D.C. – Today, Heather Greenaway, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute, issued the following statement:

“With the Democratic Party platform including an amendment for increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour in addition to indexing it to inflation, this serves as a repudiation of the campaign undertaken by union bosses to exempt their own members from the job-killing policy they are forcing on small businesses across the country,” said Greenaway.  “With this platform, Big Labor has lost all credibility as it campaigns for an increased minimum wage out of one side of its mouth, while then asking municipalities for exemptions for employers who organize in what can only be described as forced unionization.  It is time union bosses are exposed for the rampant hypocrisy and dishonestly they have exhibited on this issue, and we are fortunate the Democratic Party platform has provided exposure to this important issue.”

BACKGROUND:

Democratic Platform Embraces $15 An Hour Minimum Wage As Well As Indexing It:

“Democrats believe that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage and must be increased to a living wage.  No one who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty.  We believe that Americans should earn at least $15 an hour and have the right to form or join a union.  We applaud the approaches taken by states like New York and California.  We should raise and index the minimum wage, give all Americans the ability to join a union regardless of where they work, and create new ways for workers to have power in the economy.  We also support creating one fair wage for all workers by ending the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers and people with disabilities.” (“2016 Democratic Party Platform DRAFT July 1, 2016,” Page Seven, Accessed 7/11/16)

The Associated Press: “Sanders Scores Platform Victory, Calls For $15 Minimum Wage”:

“Bernie Sanders’ crusade to shape the Democratic party platform scored a win late Friday night, with the approval of an amendment calling for increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 over time … The meeting of the Democratic National Convention full Platform Committee began slowly in an Orlando hotel ballroom on Friday, but Sanders’ supporters were pleased when they approved an amendment to the platform backing raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour ‘over time,’ indexed to inflation.  The earlier draft did not explicitly call for the $15 federal minimum wage.” (Catherine Lucey & Ken Thomas, “Sanders Scores Platform Victory, Calls For $15 Minimum Wage,” The Associated Press, 7/9/16)

“Why Unions Exempt Themselves from Hard-Fought Minimum Wage Hikes”:

“Unions have been at the forefront of drives to raise the minimum wage to $10, $12, or $15 an hour.  Take Fight for $15, funded by the Service Employees International Union, demonstrations that occur regularly outside fast food outlets.   Or, take Black Friday demonstrations outside Walmart, organized annually the day after Thanksgiving by OUR Walmart, funded by the United Food and Commercial Workers.  But now that unions have achieved their goal in Los Angeles, their leaders want to exempt unionized workplaces from the minimum wage hike.  Reasonable people might think that unions’ battles to raise the minimum wage are motivated by concern for low-income Americans.  The union-funded Los Angeles campaign, Raise the Wage, stated, ‘Raise the minimum wage – and not just a little, but enough to bring the hundreds of thousands of Angelenos who power our economy into the middle class.  It’s good for business, it’s good for taxpayers, and, most of all, it’s the right thing to do for workers, who have earned it.’  The Los Angeles City Council was persuaded, and voted to increase the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour.  Although the union-funded Raise the Wage campaigned so vociferously in favor of a $15.25 minimum wage, unions are seeking exemptions from the higher wages for their members.  The exemption, or escape clause, would allow them greater strength in organizing workplaces.  Unions can tell fast food chains, hotels, and hospitals that if they agree to union representation, their wage bill will be substantially lower.  That will persuade employers to allow the unions to move in.” (Diana Furchtgott-Roth, “Why Unions Exempt Themselves From Hard-Fought Minimum Wage Hikes,” Manhattan Institute, 5/28/15)

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 Continues Praise For U.S. House Appropriations Committee

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                CONTACT: Ryan Williams
July 8, 2016                                                                                                        202-677-7060

 

WFI Continues Praise For U.S. House Appropriations Committee

Subcommittee On Labor, Health And Human Services, Education, And Related Agencies Reins In Obama Labor Board & Department

 Washington, D.C. – The Workforce Fairness Institute applauded the voice vote taken yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies concerning the fiscal year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill.  The appropriations bill prohibits damaging and burdensome actions undertaken by President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Department of Labor (DoL).

Heather Greenaway, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute, issued the following statement:

“We are very pleased to see language moving in the U.S. House that confronts job-killing regulations placed on American employers by the National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor.  The action taken by the Appropriations Subcommittee is an important step toward putting in place a mechanism that stops the giveaway to union bosses on the part of this administration.  While there is more work to done, the recognition that provisions such as the Department of Labor’s egregious overtime rule and National Labor Relations Board’s so-called Joint Employer Standard, as well as its ruling allowing for micro-unions, require action by Congress, sends the right message to workers and businesses.  We once again urge the entire Committee on Appropriations and U.S. House to move swiftly to make law these critical spending measures.”

BACKGROUND:

House Appropriations Subcommittee On Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, And Related Agencies Marked Up Its Spending Bill. “A House Appropriations subcommittee marked up a bill Thursday that would rein in the Labor Department and National Labor Relations Board, the main federal labor law enforcement agency.” (Sean Higgins, “Labor Spending Bill Reins In Agency, Labor Board,” Washington Examiner, 7/7/16)

Bill Forbids “Expanding Corporate Liability Under The Joint Employer Rule.” “The bill prohibits the department from enforcing new rules on speeding up union elections, expanding corporate liability under the joint employer rule and expanding investment advisers’ fiduciary liability to their clients.” (Sean Higgins, “Labor Spending Bill Reins In Agency, Labor Board,” Washington Examiner, 7/7/16)

Legislation Also “Prohibits The Labor Board From Recognizing Unions That Do Not Represent All Members Of A Workplace.” “It also prohibits the labor board from recognizing unions that do not represent all members of a workplace, allowing workplace elections to be done online, or asserting jurisdiction over American Indian reservations.” (Sean Higgins, “Labor Spending Bill Reins In Agency, Labor Board,” Washington Examiner, 7/7/16)

Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) Said The “Bill Would ‘[Roll] Back Overregulation And Overreach By The Administration That Kills American Jobs…’” “House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., said the spending bill would ‘[roll] back overregulation and overreach by the administration that kills American jobs, and cutting spending to save hard-earned taxpayer dollars.’” (Sean Higgins, “Labor Spending Bill Reins In Agency, Labor Board,” Washington Examiner, 7/7/16)

  • Bill Passed The Subcommittee By A Voice Vote. “The proposed legislation passed the subcommittee by voice vote and is expected to go before the full committee next week.” (Sean Higgins, “Labor Spending Bill Reins In Agency, Labor Board,” Washington Examiner, 7/7/16)

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. House Appropriations Committee Draft FY 2017 Labor, Health & Human Services Funding Bill

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July 6, 2016                                                                                                    202-677-7060

WFI Applauds U.S. House Appropriations Committee Draft FY 2017 Labor, Health & Human Services Funding Bill

Washington, D.C. – The Workforce Fairness Institute is pleased to see that the text released today of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations draft fiscal year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill, which will be considered in subcommittee, contains robust provisions prohibiting the enforcement of several damaging National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rulings and blocks burdensome Department of Labor (DoL) regulations.

Heather Greenaway, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute, issued the following statement:

“We applaud the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for taking the lead to ensure American businesses can remain competitive, create jobs and help grow the economy by rolling back the Obama Administration’s overreaching regulations and giveaways to union bosses.  Provisions such as the Department of Labor’s egregious, job-killing overtime rule and National Labor Relations Board’s so-called Joint Employer Standard, cannot be allowed to stand.  It’s time to limit President Obama’s power to tip the scales in favor of Big Labor at the expense of American workers.  We urge the entire U.S. House to move swiftly to pass this critical spending bill which empowers employees and employers, while limiting the influence of unelected bureaucrats and special interests.”

BACKGROUND:

Department Of Labor:

The Proposed Bill Provides $12 Billion To The Department Of Labor. “Department of Labor (DoL) – The bill provides a total of $12 billion for DoL – $138 million below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $765 million below the President’s budget request.  Within this slimmed-down amount, the bill targets increases for several worker training programs, including state grants for dislocated workers, Job Corps, and the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.  The bill also provides responsible, adequate funding for labor enforcement and benefit protection agencies to fulfill their core missions.” (Press Release, “Appropriations Committee Releases The Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health And Human Services Funding Bill,” U.S. House Of Representatives Committee On Appropriations, 7/6/16)

The Legislation Includes Language That Would Block Enforcement Of Several Department Of Labor Rules. “The legislation includes several provisions designed to help U.S. businesses create jobs and grow the economy by reducing or eliminating overly burdensome government regulations…” (Press Release, “Appropriations Committee Releases The Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health And Human Services Funding Bill,” U.S. House Of Representatives Committee On Appropriations, 7/6/16)

National Labor Relations Board: 

The Bill Provides $215 Million For The National Labor Relations Board. “National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – The bill includes $215 million for NLRB – a decrease of $59 million below last year’s enacted level and $59.7 million below the President’s budget request.” (Press Release, “Appropriations Committee Releases The Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health And Human Services Funding Bill,” U.S. House Of Representatives Committee On Appropriations, 7/6/16)

“The Bill Includes Language To Stop Several Of The NLRB’s Damaging Regulations. “The legislation includes several policy provisions to stop the NLRB’s harmful anti-business regulations that impose additional and excessive costs on American businesses, result in job losses, and hinder economic growth.” (Press Release, “Appropriations Committee Releases The Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health And Human Services Funding Bill,” U.S. House Of Representatives Committee On Appropriations, 7/6/16)

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 Praises Federal Judge’s Halting Of Persuader Rule

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June 28, 2016                                                                                                  202-677-7060

WFI Praises Federal Judge’s Halting Of Persuader Rule

Washington, D.C. – In response to Texas Federal Judge Sam Cummings’ injunction against the Department of Labor’s misguided “persuader rule,” Heather Greenaway, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI), issued the following statement:

“The Workforce Fairness Institute praises the decision made by Judge Sam Cummings to halt the Obama Administration’s egregious overreach on the free speech of employers. The persuader rule is yet another example of the administration’s efforts to tip the scales in favor of union bosses and at the expense of America’s business community. Chilling first amendment speech and subverting attorney-client confidentiality is unconstitutional and far exceeds the authority of the executive branch. The persuader rule should not be allowed to stand and WFI will continue working with the business community until this excessive regulation is permanently undone.”

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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U.S. Supreme Court Takes On Obama Labor Board & Department

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT: Ryan Williams June 20, 2016                                                                                            202-677-7060

U.S. Supreme Court Takes On Obama Labor Board & Department

Nation’s Highest Court “Rap[s]” Labor Department & Agrees To Hear Case Invalidating NLRB Official’s Tenure

Washington, D.C. – The United States Supreme Court acted on two separate measures today related to the Obama Administration and the extreme lengths they have gone to reward union bosses at the expense of hardworking employees and employers:

“The U.S. Supreme Court has served as the largest check on an out-of-control executive branch hell bent on paying back labor bosses for campaign support and contributions,” said Heather Greenaway, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).  “Today, the nation’s highest court decided to hear a case concerning whether Lafe Solomon, former general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board, should not have continued to serve in an acting capacity during his nomination process.  Solomon repeatedly demonstrated a complete lack of integrity during his tenure with the so-called independent agency issuing a false and meritless complaint against Boeing for opening a plant in a right-to-work state, being cited after an internal investigation for remaining involved in a case in which he had a conflict of interest, and continuing communications with fellow Board members on cases he was prosecuting in direct contravention of the obligations of the office he was holding.  The court in a strongly supported ruling today also went after Obama’s Department of Labor for changes in overtime pay rules ‘rap[ping]’ the agency known for carrying union bosses’ water and it’s ‘defective’ decision making.  This is more proof that the White House and its allies have long turned their back on workers and small businesses, while using their immense powers to advance policies that benefit a special interest to the detriment of our economy and jobs.”

BACKGROUND:

Reuters: “U.S. Justices To Mull President’s Power To Nominate Officials”:

“The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to review a lower court decision that invalidated part of a former U.S. labor board official’s tenure, in a case that could curb the next president’s power to staff top positions in his or her administration.  The justices will hear an appeal of a 2015 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit saying that once President Barack Obama nominated Lafe Solomon in 2011 to be general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Solomon should not have continued to fill the position on a temporary or ‘acting’ basis pending Senate confirmation.  The appeals court said a 1998 federal law bars anyone from serving in an acting role while they are the nominee unless they were previously the ‘first assistant’ to that post.” (Robert Iafolla, “U.S. Justices To Mull President’s Power To Nominate Officials,” Reuters, 6/20/16)

The Associated Press: “Justices Rap Labor Dept. Over Change In Overtime Pay Rules”:

“The Supreme Court says the Labor Department must do a better job of explaining why it is changing a longstanding policy on whether certain workers deserve overtime pay.  The justices on Monday asked a lower court to take another look at whether federal law allows the agency to require overtime pay for people working as service advisers at auto dealerships.  The 6-2 ruling comes in a case involving a California auto dealer that claims its service advisers are similar to car salesmen or mechanics, who are exempt from overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act.” (“Justices Rap Labor Dept. Over Change In Overtime Pay Rules,” The Associated Press, 6/20/16)

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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Obama’s NLRB Continues Assault On Employers

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June 16, 2016                                                                               202-677-7060

Obama’s NLRB Continues Assault On Employers

Washington, D.C. – The Obama Administration’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has continued its assault on employers with several significant decisions that have boosted unions at the expense of business owners. A pair of recent decisions, combined with a court decision upholding a previous and controversial NLRB ruling, threaten to significantly curtail the rights of both workers and job creators, and increase the cost of doing business.

The recent decisions include:

1. American Baptist Homes of the West (May 31): The board issued a decision that will have a chilling impact on employers’ who want to exercise their right to hire permanent replacement workers during a strike. This ruling subjects employers to the risk of significant back pay liability if there is any evidence that the employer was motivated to hire the replacements to punish the union and/or avoid future strikes. In addition to a few employer statements, the Board relied on the fact that it cost the employer more to hire the replacements than it would have to accept the union’s proposals.

2. Seventh Circuit upholds Jacob Lewis v Epic Systems (May 26): The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued the first federal appellate court decision that upholds the NLRB’s position that mandatory employment arbitration agreements that require employees to waive the right to engage in class or collective actions in court violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). This ruling directly contradicts a 2013 ruling issued by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and is inconsistent with decisions reached on this issue by the Second and the Eighth Circuits.

3. Hogan Transports Inc. (May 19): The board found it was a violation of the NLRA when the company’s president told employees that their jobs might be lost if they voted to unionize. The president’s statement was in response to an employee’s question and after the president told employees that he was told by their long-term customer for whom they make deliveries that it does not have any union company doing deliveries for it and the president knows they do not like to operate in a union atmosphere. Board law is that whatever an employer says to his employees about unionization must be based on objective facts, not his opinion as to what may happen. The president’s statements to employees were supported by objective facts he detailed in his testimony. The Board ignored that testimony demonstrating there is only so much truth this Board will allow employees to hear.

Reaction:

“These decisions are a gift to union bosses from their acolytes on Obama’s National Labor Relations Board. They will negatively impact job creators and limit employment opportunities for working Americans,” said Heather Greenaway, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI). “Hiring permanent replacements is a step that is rarely implemented because employers do not want to lose experienced workers. The effectiveness of it is its availability, which the Board has now restricted. The law, however, balances the employees’ right to strike with the employer’s right to hire replacement workers and continue in business. These countervailing approaches incentivize parties to settle their differences making an economically damaging strike less likely to occur. These are harmful rulings that will likely require court action to reverse, but nevertheless continue the job-killing campaign undertaken by President Obama’s so-called independent agency.”

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 Speaker Paul Ryan’s Deregulation Agenda

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June 14, 2016                                                                                     202-677-7060

WFI Applauds Speaker Paul Ryan’s Deregulation Agenda

Washington, D.C. – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today applauds Speaker Paul Ryan’s newly unveiled deregulation agenda, entitled “A Better Way: Our Vison for a Confident America,” and his pledge to hold the rogue National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) accountable to workers and employers.

“For far too long, the power of Obama’s National Labor Relations Board has remained unchecked,” said Heather Greenaway, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute. “Over the past eight years, the NLRB has enacted rulings that tip the scales in favor of union bosses and dramatically overhaul decades of established labor policies. Enough is enough. I thank Speaker Ryan for his commitment to overturn the NLRB’s extreme anti-worker agenda, and restore policies that protect the rights of hardworking Americans and small business owners. We appreciate him making this a Congressional priority.”

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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