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Foxx, Walberg Slam Unions for Collecting Dues from Unemployed

Republican Workforce Leaders on the Education and Labor Committee, Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Tim Walberg (R-MI), sent letters today to the presidents of the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and UNITE HERE calling for them to stop collecting dues and fees from unemployed workers and to halt dues checkoffs at companies receiving coronavirus relief loans from the federal government. In the letters, Reps. Foxx and Walberg write: “…we are co...

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Foxx Applauds Trump Efforts to Stop Chinese Intellectual Theft

Today, Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), issued the following statement after President Trump announced a proclamation restricting visas for certain students and researchers from the communist People’s Republic of China: “China is stealing American intellectual property and national security research. These brazen efforts can have a serious and debilitating effect on U.S. interests. President Trump’s proclamation is a solid first step to addres...

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ICYMI: Highlights from Workers’ Safety Hearing

Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections convened a hearing to examine the federal government’s actions to protect workers from COVID-19. DEMOCRATS PLAYED PANDEMIC POLITICS This hearing was originally scheduled to take place last week, however Committee Democrats unilaterally called off the hearing in the eleventh hour for ridiculous reasons. DEMOCRATS WANT STRUGGLING BUSINESSES TO FACE MORE RED TAPE Instead of supporting detailed government guidelines that allow employers to meet th...

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Byrne Opening Statement at Hearing on Workplace Safety During COVID-19

Today, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, delivered the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at a subcommittee hearing to examine the federal government's actions to protect workers from COVID-19: "Let me state for the record that I, Ranking Member Foxx, and other Members are here in the Committee room in Washington, socially distanced. It is a relatively simple and safe environment here. "In fact, not much has changed sin...

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Protecting Job Creators, Entrepreneurs During COVID-19

Following the introduction of bipartisan legislation to create a “safe harbor” for independent contract workers in the sharing economy as we combat COVID-19, Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), issued this statement: “As we continue to combat COVID-19 and businesses around the country struggle to remain solvent, workers continue to seek the flexibility and ability to earn an income on their own terms. Independent contracting provides an important...

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Foxx, Walberg Slam Unions for Collecting Dues from Unemployed

Republican Workforce Leaders on the Education and Labor Committee, Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Tim Walberg (R-MI), sent letters today to the presidents of the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and UNITE HERE calling for them to stop collecting dues and fees from unemployed workers and to halt dues checkoffs at companies receiving coronavirus relief loans from the federal government. In the letters, Reps. Foxx and Walberg write: “…we are co...

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Foxx Applauds Trump Efforts to Stop Chinese Intellectual Theft

Today, Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), issued the following statement after President Trump announced a proclamation restricting visas for certain students and researchers from the communist People’s Republic of China: “China is stealing American intellectual property and national security research. These brazen efforts can have a serious and debilitating effect on U.S. interests. President Trump’s proclamation is a solid first step to addres...

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Byrne Opening Statement at Hearing on Workplace Safety During COVID-19

Today, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, delivered the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at a subcommittee hearing to examine the federal government's actions to protect workers from COVID-19: "Let me state for the record that I, Ranking Member Foxx, and other Members are here in the Committee room in Washington, socially distanced. It is a relatively simple and safe environment here. "In fact, not much has changed sin...

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Protecting Job Creators, Entrepreneurs During COVID-19

Following the introduction of bipartisan legislation to create a “safe harbor” for independent contract workers in the sharing economy as we combat COVID-19, Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), issued this statement: “As we continue to combat COVID-19 and businesses around the country struggle to remain solvent, workers continue to seek the flexibility and ability to earn an income on their own terms. Independent contracting provides an important...

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Foxx Applauds Trump Executive Order to Bolster Economic Recovery

Today, Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), issued the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order directing federal agencies to rescind or temporarily waive regulations to provide relief to businesses and job creators as the nation’s economy recovers from COVID-19: “The strong economy ushered in through Republican-led pro-growth policies was hit hard by the global outbreak of COVID-19. America’s businesses and workers migh...

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Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

BACKGROUND Americans face a job market that is vastly different from the one that existed a generation ago. Advances in technology and the growth of a global economy have dramatically changed the kinds of jobs that are available, making high-quality education and skills development vital to competing in today’s workplaces. In recent years, Congress has enacted reforms to improve K-12 education and modernize the nation’s workforce development system. However, more must be done to help all America...

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Save Local Business Act

BACKGROUND: Hiring. Work schedules. Pay increases. These are all decisions that take place between an employer and an employee. However, in 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) placed itself squarely in the middle of the employer-employee relationship, changing it in a way that hurt working families and small businesses but empowered union interests. This prompted a similar expansion of the joint employer standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). With these actions, the Obam...

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Save Local Business Act Bill Summary

BACKGROUND For more than 30 years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) considered two or more employers “joint employers” if they had “actual,” “direct,” and “immediate” control over essential terms and conditions of employment. This standard provided stability and legal clarity for employers large and small, especially local franchisees and subcontractors. Unfortunately, unelected NLRB bureaucrats, federal regulators, and activist judges have taken steps to dramatically change what const...

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Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act

BACKGROUND: Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that exists not only in foreign countries, but in every state in the United States. This atrocious crime involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to force victims into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. The International Labor Organization estimates there are 21 million victims of human trafficking in what is a $150 billion criminal enterprise. In 2016, 7,572 trafficking cases in the U.S. were reported to the National Huma...

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Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017

BACKGROUND: With its 2004 San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned long-standing precedent and began using a subjective test to determine when and where to assert its jurisdiction over Native American tribes. Prior to this decision, the NLRB respected the sovereignty of tribes, holding that they were generally free from outside intervention. The board now decides on a case-by-case basis whether a tribal business on tribal land is for comm...

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Opening Statement of Republican Leader Tim Walberg (R-MI), Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions - Hearing on “The Protecting the Right to Organize Act: Modernizing America’s Labor Laws”

Thanks to a skyrocketing economy propelled by recent tax cuts, innovation, and American enterprise, great workers throughout the country are experiencing record-breaking success. While workers’ lives are improving, union membership rates have steadily plummeted, suggesting what Democrats refuse to acknowledge: that strong workers- strong union workers as well- and not strong union bosses, lead to economic prosperity. Workers’ disenchantment with union representation has created a real crisis fo...

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Opening Statement of Republican Leader Tim Walberg (R-MI) Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Hearing on "Standing with Public Servants: Protecting the Right to Organize"

The two pieces of legislation we’re here to discuss today are another Democrat attempt to put the thumb on the scale in favor of forced unionization and they also show no regard for the system of federalism on which this nation was founded. H.R. 1154, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act, and the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act disregard the will of the voters in every state by imposing a one-size-fits-all labor relations mandate enforced by federal bureaucrats in Washing...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Virginia Foxx- Hearing on “Do No Harm: Examining the Misapplication of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act”

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution declares that Congress may make no law “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Our founding fathers reiterated this principle at every stage: that people are fundamentally free, and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these, the ability to worship freely. Many of the first settlers of our country crossed the ocean in search of this very freedom that we are discussin...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Bradley Byrne- Subcommittee Hearing on Black Lung Disease

As the name of this subcommittee suggests, we all share the common goal of keeping hardworking Americans out of harm’s way at their jobs. We want to help ensure that all workers return home to their families safe and healthy. Workers in the mining industry have been an extremely important part of the American economy for decades. As someone who comes from a coal mining state, I have been a strong supporter of the men and women who provide for their families by working in this industry. I want u...

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Opening Statement of Republican Leader Foxx- Hearing on “Innovation to Improve Equity: Exploring High-Quality Pathways to a College Degree”

For too long, we’ve believed in the stereotype of college students as being young, bright-eyed youth, fresh out of high school, lounging in their dorms before heading to class in the quad. While true for some, this traditional image of postsecondary education is no longer the case for the majority of American students. Today, 37 percent of college students are 25 or older; 49 percent are financially independent from their parents; and 64 percent are working while taking classes. And yet the fed...

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Letter to U.S. Secretary of Education | Borrower Defense Letter

September 19, 2018 The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland A venue, SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: On July 31 , 2018, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) proposed new institutional accountability regulations to streamline and improve the borrower defense to repayment (borrower defense) process. Students defrauded by an institution of higher education must have a clearly established and navigable process to submit a claim. Unfortunate...

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Letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta | Worker Centers

June 28, 2018 The Honorable R. Alexander Acosta Secretary U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20210 Dear Secretary Acosta: We are following up regarding the Department of Labor’s (the Department) March 6, 2018, letter in response to our January 18, 2018, letter about union “worker centers” and their regulation through the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA or the Act). As you know, the Committ...

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Letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta | Worker Centers

January 18, 20 I 8 The Honorable R. Alexander Acosta Secretary U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution A venue, NW Washington, DC 20210 Dear Secretary Acosta: We are writing to you regarding a longstanding interest of the Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee), namely the proliferation of opaquely financed, union-backed organizations known as "worker centers" over the past decade. In the view of many stakeholders and interested parties, including members of our Committee, these s...

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Implementation

The Honorable R. Alexander Acosta Secretary U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington , DC 20210 Dear Secretary Acosta: The bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which passed in 2014, made important reforms to our nation's workforce development system. These reforms make the workforce development system more responsive to the needs of both employers and job seekers. Our workforce development system will only be effective in helping Americans find good ...

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Foxx Calls on Department of Labor to Answer for Lack of Safety and Security in Job Corps Program

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce today, sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta requesting additional answers on oversight questions about safety and security lapses within the Job Corps program. “I continue to have concerns about the safety and security of students participating in the Job Corps program,” wrote Foxx. “The very purpose of the program is to serve those who are hard to serve and the first way to accomplish tha...

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ICYMI: Highlights from Workers’ Safety Hearing

Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections convened a hearing to examine the federal government’s actions to protect workers from COVID-19. DEMOCRATS PLAYED PANDEMIC POLITICS This hearing was originally scheduled to take place last week, however Committee Democrats unilaterally called off the hearing in the eleventh hour for ridiculous reasons. DEMOCRATS WANT STRUGGLING BUSINESSES TO FACE MORE RED TAPE Instead of supporting detailed government guidelines that allow employers to meet th...

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Democrats Play Politics with Workers’ Safety Hearing

The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections was scheduled to hold a hearing today to examine the federal government’s actions to protect workers – an issue Democrats assert is a top priority. Yet, Committee Democrats called off today’s hearing in the eleventh hour. Their excuse? First, the Democrats claimed they didn’t know what door the witness would use or what kind of car she was driving. After being told that could be fixed within minutes, then they complained they didn’t receive certain testi...

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Protecting Independent Contractors During COVID-19

While Congress has taken important action to provide relief to millions of American workers and businesses, independent contractors and the sharing economy still face unique challenges. THE PROBLEM Businesses currently have no way to provide certain forms of pay and benefits to independent contractors without potentially triggering an employer-employee relationship under federal law. Under current law, if businesses want to provide relief or resources to independent contractors in the form of pa...

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Coronavirus Legislation Heads to President's Desk: Phase 3 Highlights

As we continue to combat this national health pandemic, President Trump has advocated for unity, calling on Members of Congress to work together with the administration to help American families, workers, and small businesses suffering from the health and economic consequences of the coronavirus. After days of unnecessary Democrat political posturing, today the House of Representatives passed by voice vote a coronavirus response package – phase 3 – that is the result of necessary bipartisan coll...

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Relief for Students During COVID-19

Times of uncertainty require government leaders to step up and provide security. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that borrowers can temporarily suspend student loan payments without financial penalty. This, combined with last week’s announcement from the Trump administration that it will waive all interest on federal student loans, will provide relief to tens of millions of borrowers. "These are anxious times, particularly for students and families whose educations, careers, a...

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