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Reps. Foxx, Walberg Support Efforts to Better Monitor Union Boss Spending

Washington – Following a long history of union bosses cheating workers out of millions of dollars in hard-earned union dues, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) is proposing requiring additional financial reporting. Today, Republican Workforce Leaders on the Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), sent a letter to Acting Secretary Pizzella supporting the DOL’s efforts to increase union transparency and account...

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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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WATCH: Foxx Opposes Bailout for Failed Union Pensions

During today’s debate of H.R. 397, a risky, fiscally irresponsible taxpayer bailout for failed union-led pensions, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee, delivered the following remarks: "My colleague on the other side of the aisle said that we have a house on fire, and we must do something about it. What this bill does is it gives more gasoline to the arsonist who started the fire. "Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 397—a risky, fiscally ir...

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Democrats Pass Bill Forcing Taxpayers to Bailout Failed Pensions

Today, House Democrats voted overwhelmingly in favor of H.R. 397, radical and ill-advised legislation that puts American taxpayers on the hook, for the first time ever, to pay for failed union-managed pension plans. Following the legislation’s passage, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the House Committee on Education and Labor, said: "Through no fault of their own, retirees and workers in multiemployer union pension plans will not see the benefits they’ve been promised because of...

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WATCH: Foxx Speaks Against Job-Killing Federal Minimum Wage Hike

During this morning’s debate of H.R. 582, a job-killing bill that forces a punishing one-size-fits-all wage hike on job creators across America, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee, delivered the following remarks: "Mr. Speaker, I rise in complete opposition to H.R. 582, a radical, risky, and unnecessary bill that puts party politics above the best interests of American workers and their families. "Increasing the federal minimum wage by 107 percent ...

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Reps. Foxx, Walberg Support Efforts to Better Monitor Union Boss Spending

Washington – Following a long history of union bosses cheating workers out of millions of dollars in hard-earned union dues, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) is proposing requiring additional financial reporting. Today, Republican Workforce Leaders on the Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), sent a letter to Acting Secretary Pizzella supporting the DOL’s efforts to increase union transparency and account...

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WATCH: Foxx Opposes Bailout for Failed Union Pensions

During today’s debate of H.R. 397, a risky, fiscally irresponsible taxpayer bailout for failed union-led pensions, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee, delivered the following remarks: "My colleague on the other side of the aisle said that we have a house on fire, and we must do something about it. What this bill does is it gives more gasoline to the arsonist who started the fire. "Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 397—a risky, fiscally ir...

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Democrats Pass Bill Forcing Taxpayers to Bailout Failed Pensions

Today, House Democrats voted overwhelmingly in favor of H.R. 397, radical and ill-advised legislation that puts American taxpayers on the hook, for the first time ever, to pay for failed union-managed pension plans. Following the legislation’s passage, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the House Committee on Education and Labor, said: "Through no fault of their own, retirees and workers in multiemployer union pension plans will not see the benefits they’ve been promised because of...

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WATCH: Foxx Speaks Against Job-Killing Federal Minimum Wage Hike

During this morning’s debate of H.R. 582, a job-killing bill that forces a punishing one-size-fits-all wage hike on job creators across America, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee, delivered the following remarks: "Mr. Speaker, I rise in complete opposition to H.R. 582, a radical, risky, and unnecessary bill that puts party politics above the best interests of American workers and their families. "Increasing the federal minimum wage by 107 percent ...

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Democrats Deny Small Businesses Protection from Forced Wage Hike

Today, House Republicans offered a Motion to Recommit to protect small businesses across America from the Democrats’ radical and unprecedented legislation to raise the minimum wage by 107 percent. Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA), who offered the Motion to Recommit, said on the House floor: “Mr. Speaker, I am here to offer a Motion to Recommit that is about small business survival. It is about protecting the 8 million minority-owned small businesses, the 9.9 million woman-owned small businesses, and the ...

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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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Foxx: Democrat Minimum Wage Bill Hurts Job Creators, Workers and Families

Today at the House Republican leadership’s press conference, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee, spoke about the negative impact the Democrats’ minimum wage proposal (H.R. 582) will have on job creators, workers, and families. Below are excerpts and video of her remarks. "H.R. 582, which more than doubles the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15,…is a radical and unprecedented mandate. "Last week, CBO issued a detailed study which estimates that ...

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About that hearing (“Pro Act” Edition)…

Last week, Democrats spent the better half of a day grilling Labor Secretary Acosta with shots aimed at undermining the roaring economy and bemoaning the additional hard-earned money sitting in American pockets. They followed up this week with a hearing hailing labor unions as the cure for many of society’s ills and pointing to union achievements from 80 years ago as evidence. Today, we’re seeing the American worker take home a fatter paycheck on a faster wage growth trajectory, but that’s no th...

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Stronger CAPTA

The Committee on Education and Labor just unanimously reported H.R. 2480, the bipartisan Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Stronger CAPTA). Next stop: the Floor of the House of Representatives. To watch the video, click here. To read the Stronger CAPTA fact sheet, click here. # # #

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Why Democrats wanted a Medicare-for-All hearing *without* workers

Democrats and health care legislation. Every time they get in a room together, American workers pay the price—in hard-earned money and peace of mind. Today, a Pelosi-controlled committee that doesn’t have expertise in or jurisdiction over health care is meeting to discuss the future of Medicare-for-All, the latest push in Democrat efforts to take away options and put the government in charge of everyone’s future. Republicans at the Education and Labor Committee are all about what’s best for the ...

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