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Action Alerts

Urge Members of Congress To Support Legislation To Stop NLRB 'Ambush' Election Proposed Rule and To Protect Employee Privacy

FMI urges supermarket members to contact your Representatives and Senators to ask them to support legislation and other efforts to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from moving forward with its so-called “Ambush” Election proposed rule, which would compress the election timeframe from when a petition is filed and when an election is held from the current average of 38-days down to as little as 10-days. The proposed rule additionally would require employers to turn over the private contact information of employees when requested by union officials in conjunction with an election.  

Click here to access model grassroots letters (you will be required to register if you have not done so already) in support of H. R. 4320, sponsored by Congressman John Kline (R-MN), and H. R. 4321, introduced by Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN), as well as Senator Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) companion legislation, S. 2178, all of which address both the “ambush” and the employee privacy issues.

House Passes Bill to Lift ACA "Full-Time Employee" Definition

Just minutes ago, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2575-- Save American Workers Act of 2014—by a 248-179 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.  Thanks to all of your efforts, more than 1,000 emails were sent to 230 different members of the House of Representatives urging their vote in support of H.R. 2575.  We will continue reaching out to the Senate to address this outstanding concern. 

Less than 24-hours after President Obama indicated the Administration’s interest in engaging in fixes or improvements to the Affordable Care Act, the White House released a Statement of Administration Policy, “strongly oppos[ing] House passage of H.R. 2575."  Despite House Democratic Leadership “whipping” in opposition to the bill, 18 Democratic House members supported H.R. 2575 and those Representatives, in particular, should be thanked.

FMI issued the following statement and is in the process of sending “thank you” letters to all House members who voted in support of H.R. 2575.  

We highly encourage you to use the following link to thank your Representatives who supported H.R. 2575 and to urge the Senate to support raising the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) 30-hour per week ‘full-time employee’ definition to practical workforce standards. 

Again, thank you for engaging your Members of Congress on this critical issue to the supermarket industry.  We will keep you posted on the status of this issue, legislation, and look forward to your continued engagement on this issue.

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

Ask your Members of Congress in both the House and Senate to co-sponsor H.R. 1249/S. 1756, The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act. H.R. 1249/S. 1756 is bipartisan legislation to prevent FDA from expanding menu labeling regulations to grocery store operations, as well as allow some common-sense compliance flexibility for restaurants. FDA’s current proposal would extend restaurant menu labeling regulations to grocery stores even though 95 percent of the foods at a grocery store are already labeled.

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.

FDA’s proposed rule would regulate grocery store chains with 20 or more locations under menu labeling. FMI has been urging FDA to adopt the agency’s “Option 2” when implementing the menu labeling law, which would exclude grocery stores unless the majority of their business is derived from restaurant-type foods. To this point, FDA will not 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.

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