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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: https://www.workforcefairness.com.

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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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