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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: 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.

Help us speak out against this woefully misguided and blatantly anti-worker legislation. Review and send the message below to your members of Congress today.

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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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