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Action Alerts

Contact Congress to Stop NLRB Ambush Election Rule and Preserve Associate Privacy

Congress is gearing up to vote on resolutions of disapproval that would nullify the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) final rule on “ambush elections.”  The Board’s final rule, which is scheduled to go into effect on April 14, 2015, will dramatically shorten the timeframe for a union election from the current average of 38-days down to as little as 10-days.  This abbreviated schedule will hinder an employer’s ability to communicate with employees about the pros and cons of unionization.

FMI firmly believes the current timeframe for union elections is working well and the Board’s “ambush elections” rule will be unfair to both employers and their associates as it will significantly limit the time allowed for communications prior to an election.  Additionally, the NRLB final rule tramples on employee privacy as it will force employers to give union officials the names, home addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and other sensitive personal information of workers without the associates’ permission to do so.  FMI urges its members to tell your Representatives and Senators to support these resolutions of disapproval (H. J. Res 29 / S. J. Res 8) by sending a letter to them now prior to votes on the House and Senate floor.

Please click the "Take Action" button below to send an email to your Members of Congress. The system will prompt you for your address before accessing the letters so that it can match you to your appropriate legislators.


Urge Congress to Work Together to Raise the ACA Full-Time Employee Definition

The House of Representatives passed the "Save American Workers Act of 2015" (H.R. 30) on January 8, by a 252-172 vote, to raise the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) 30-hour per week “full-time employee” definition by raising that threshold to up to 40-hours per week. Now, we need your help in urging Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate to come together and raise the ACA’s “full-time employee” definition as soon as possible in the 114th Congress. 

 

With enforcement of the ACA’s employer mandates already in effect, the longer Congress waits to raise the “full-time” threshold, the worse the effects of this delay will be on the U.S. workforce. Please use the following link to contact your Members of Congress. The letter template asks you to fill in information in order to customize it to your operations. 

 

Please remember to call the Congressional office to confirm that they have received your letter.  You can use the Capitol switchboard - (202) 224-3121 and ask them to direct your call to the appropriate office.


Please Ask Your Reps. and Senators to Support H.R. 1249 / S. 1756 to Prevent Expansion of Menu Labeling to Grocery Stores

Urge your Members of Congress in both the House and Senate to support adoption of H.R. 1249/S. 1756. FDA’s November 25, 2014 final chain restaurant menu labeling rule extends restaurant menu labeling regulations to grocery stores with 20 or more locations even though 95 percent of the foods at a grocery store are already labeled. The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 1249/S. 1756) is bipartisan legislation to protect the supermarket industry from FDA expanding menu labeling regulations to grocery store operations, as well as allow some common-sense compliance flexibility.

A template for a letter is included but your personal emphasis and examples are always more persuasive when writing a Member of Congress. It is also worthwhile to phone your Representatives and Senators about the issue as well.

During the rule-making process for menu labeling, FMI had been urging FDA to adopt the  “Option 2”  alternative that the agency put forward in its Proposed Rule, which would exclude grocery stores unless the majority of their business is derived from restaurant-type foods. Throughout the 3½ year rule-making process, FDA refused to meet or discuss the menu labeling issue with FMI or its members despite substantive FMI comments and letters to regulatory officials and several Members of Congress writing in support of Option 2. H.R. 1249/S. 1756 is consistent with the “Option 2” alternative of the menu labeling proposed rule.  

Please see FMI’s November 25, 2014 Regulatory Alert for more information about FDA’s final restaurant menu labeling regulations. You can click the "Take Action" button below to send an email to your legislators.


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