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Jenna Weisbord, 202-662-0766
Local Business Owners Strongly Support the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act
The Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act would restore the “joint employer” standard in federal labor law that has protected small businesses and entrepreneurs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2015 – The Coalition to Save Local Businesses (CSLB) praised U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and U.S. Rep. John Kline (R-MN), the respective chairs of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and House Education and the Workforce Committee, and U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and U.S. Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) for defending local business owners throughout the country by introducing the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act today. The new legislation would support small businesses by stopping the unelected Washington regulators at the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) from manufacturing a new joint employer standard, as the NLRB did in August’s Browning-Ferris Industries decision.
“Following the NLRB’s Browning-Ferris decision, local business owners need champions in Congress to defend them and their livelihoods. Today Chairman Alexander and Chairman Kline have stepped up in a big way for small businesses by introducing the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act,” said Michael Layman, executive director of the Coalition to Save Local Businesses.
“It is Congress’ job to produce new law, not Mark Pearce’s or Richard Griffin’s. That’s why we are so grateful to Chairman Alexander, Chairman Kline, Sen. Isakson and Rep. Roe for responding so promptly to the NLRB’s overreach,” Layman said.
Local business owners also pledged support for the legislation, and promised to urge Members of Congress to support it. Dennis Campbell, a local FASTSIGNS business owner in Rep. Kline’s district in Minnesota, thanked Chairman Kline and said, “We need to do all we can to make sure Washington gets this right.”
Gerald Moore, who owns The Little Gym franchises throughout Tennessee and testified in February 2015 in front of Sen. Alexander and the HELP committee on the impact of a new joint employer definition, worries the NLRB’s decision will take away his independence as a business owner. “If the NLRB continues to expand its definition of joint employer, our family business would no longer be ours; and the last 19 years we’ve spent building our business would be lost,” Moore said.
The Coalition to Save Local Businesses is led by more than twenty co-chairs from all over the country and is supported by a growing number of local business owners, concerned citizens and trade associations and their members. To learn more about the coalition visit the website, www.SaveLocalBusinesses.com.
The Coalition to Save Local Businesses represents thousands of local businesses and millions of American jobs through its membership and partner organizations. The coalition’s goal is to inform Members of Congress and others about the negative consequences decisions by the National Labor Relations Board to expand the definition of who can be held as a joint employer would have on local businesses and their employees across the country. The coalition is asking Congress to support legislation that would make permanent the long-standing and widely accepted definition of joint employer.