Support Sen. Collins' Hours-of-Service Language
FMI recently sent a letter to Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to express our industry’s strong support for her bipartisan language that will require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to conduct a study to assess the safety and benefits of its 34-hour restart provisions that went into effect in July 2013. This important language is now part of the FY 2015 combined Appropriations bill, which will soon be debated on the Senate floor.
FMI is urging its member companies to contact their Senators asking for support of the Collins language and to vote “NO” on an amendment that will be offered by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) that would strike the Collins language from the bill. Please contact your Senators as soon as possible; Senator Booker could offer his amendment to strike the industry-supported language as early as June 19.
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.