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 America’s Workers, Job Creators Need The Save Local Business Act

 Heather Greenaway
August 4, 2017
The Hill

During the eight years of the Obama administration, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rolled out a series of anti-business policies that hurt workers and job creators alike. Few of these acts were more depredating for employees and employers than the NLRB’s new joint employer standard.  The misguided policy upended decades of labor law representing a direct and existential threat to the franchise industry, forcing job creators to take responsibility for measures far beyond their control, ultimately hurting workers at the behest of big labor bosses.

Before the new joint employer standard, businesses were only liable for employment violations that occurred in workplaces under their “direct control.”  By enforcing a new standard, the liability was expanded to workplaces under their “indirect control,” meaning a business or company could be found liable in a variety of different situations, such as when it contracted work to a completely separate entity.

The NLRB’s new joint employer standard meant franchises, which create great economic mobility as they provide ambitious entrepreneurs with pre-packaged business models and concepts, were at risk of never opening their doors, or worse yet, closing them altogether.

According to the International Franchise Association, franchises generate $674 billion in economic impact and are responsible for more than 7.6 million jobs. For such a large economic driver, government should take great care before promulgating burdensome regulations costing employees – in many cases most in need – their jobs.

Thankfully, despite the current political divide in Washington, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are unified in their opposition to the NLRB’s reckless joint employer agenda. Democratic Reps. Lou Correa (Calif.) and Henry Cuellar (Texas) joined with Republican Reps. Virginia Foxx (N.C.), Tim Walberg (Mich.), and Bradley Byrne (Ala.) to oppose the new joint employer standard.

By introducing HR 3441, The Save Local Business Act, this bipartisan group of elected officials has taken a proactive step toward restoring workers’ rights.

It is no surprise that among the few supporters of the new joint employer standard are union bosses, who pumped millions of dollars into President Obama’s campaigns, expecting and receiving payback in the form of anti-worker and anti-business actions undertaken by a supposed independent agency.

Byrne, who introduced the legislation to end the new joint employer standard, aptly stated, “The people who own these fast food franchises, they’re big time members of our community. They’re the ones we go to get sponsorships for the little league. They’re the ones participating in the Chamber of Commerce.” Thus, the joint employer standard is not a regulation reining in big business, but rather a massive hurdle for small business owners making meaningful impacts in communities across the nation.

The law would amend the National Labor Relations Act and Fair Labor Standards Act to clarify that two or more employers must have “actual, direct and immediate” control over employees to be considered joint employers. In effect, this bill would free national franchise organizations from liability in their local chains, which set their own hours and policies.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta withdrew the Department of Labor’s “informal guidance” on the new joint employment standard; however, the NLRB has not rescinded it, meaning it still could be applied.

Heather Greenaway is a spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI), which advocates on behalf of business owners.

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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: https://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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Tell Congress: Stop the PRO Act

WFI is working to prevent passage of the so-called Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act)—a wholesale labor reform package that takes the current careful balance of labor rules and tips it greatly in the favor of labor bosses and forced collective bargaining.

The PRO Act robs workers of the right to a secret ballot to form a union, forces union contracts on workers without a vote of approval, and expose workers’ personal contact information to union bosses seeking to organize a workplace. And that’s just the start.

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WFI Key Vote Letter: Opposition to PRO Act

— 02.10.2020 —
Dear Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy: On behalf of the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI), I am writing to share our organization’s vehement opposition to H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). WFI has serious concerns with the broad, overreaching nature of this legislation and the many ways in which it would undermine worker freedom and privacy, while simultaneously threatening businesses and entire industries that keep America’s economy thriving. Please note that WFI will include votes on the PRO Act and its amendments on our Congressional Labor Scorecard, which scores and ranks legislators based on their activity associated with workplace issues. WFI was established to fight for American employees and employers as well as our entire economy. We believe in worker empowerment, the right of workers to be fully informed of the options available for worker-involvement in the workplace, and the right to freely choose whether to organize or not. No individual or group – government, a union or an employer – should be able to intimidate or restrict workers’ in exercising these rights. In an attempt to boost flailing union membership at the expense of workers’ rights, the PRO Act would upend decades of established U.S. labor law and institute myriad anti-employee and anti-employer policies that have already been soundly rejected—by Congress, various federal agencies, or the courts. Among its most blatant affronts to workers’ rights, the PRO Act would eliminate the right to a secret ballot when determining whether to unionize and enforce a “card check” system, exposing workers to the potential for harassment, intimidation, and coercion. The PRO Act would also enforce binding arbitration in union negotiations by a government- appointed bureaucrat; repeal and eliminate right-to-work laws in 27 states, force workers to fund union activities regardless of whether they support them; and threaten the ability of individuals to operate as independent contractors, eliminating traditional economic and employment opportunities and threatening the independence and flexibility of the emerging gig economy. On top of all that, the PRO Act would force all workers’ personal and home contact information to be provided to a union during organizing campaigns – in an electronic, searchable format no less, with no limit on what a union can do with that information. WFI believes in advancing sensible policies that protect and preserve the rights of both employees and employers, and we welcome the opportunity to work with legislators who also support these efforts. However, the PRO Act does not achieve these goals and would instead threaten the rights of both while jeopardizing our entire economy. WFI urges members of the House to strongly oppose the PRO Act. Sincerely, Heather Greenaway Executive Director Workforce Fairness Institute See the letter here.
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