Small Business Backs McSally for Congress

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Arizona Second Congressional District Republican nominee Martha McSally meets with small business owners this week in Sierra Vista where NFIB’s Farrell Quinlan announced the small business organization’s endorsement of McSally’s campaign for Congress.

NFIB says incumbent’s votes not aligned with Main Street

Claiming he has abandoned his small-business roots, America’s largest and leading small-business association today endorsed challenger Martha McSally for Congress over incumbent Ron Barber.

“On 10 key votes vital to small business since his election in 2012, Congressman Barber has sided with Main Street enterprises only three times, and those three votes were popular and bipartisan enough to make them safe for anyone to support.” said Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business. “Two of his seven bad votes in particular stand out: His opposition to the Working Families Flexibility Act, which would have allowed private-sector employees to choose between taking time-and-a-half compensatory time as payment for over-time, and his opposition to prohibiting the notoriously employer-hostile National Labor Relations Board from making any decisions until the constitutionality of the current board had been addressed by the courts. Apparently the glitter and glamour of Washington D.C. has made him forget his small-business roots here on Main Street, Arizona.”

The endorsement of McSally (2nd District) was made by NFIB’s SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the association’s political action committee, and based on interviews and answers to a questionnaire. NFIB has 350,000 dues-paying members across the nation, including 7,000 in Arizona and 1,149 in the Second Congressional District.

In addition to today’s endorsement, NFIB launched a digital ad campaign urging voters to support Martha McSally, as well as a House candidate webpage on its National Election Center website. Voters can find tools on the website that make it easy to volunteer, donate and support Martha McSally. The effort is part of the NFIB’s Vote for Main Street campaign.

“We were impressed with the high priority Martha McSally places on getting America’s fiscal house in order, repealing Obamacare and her understanding that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses. They have different difficulties in remaining solvent,” said Quinlan. “She will be a much better representative for the people who employ the majority of Americans and generate almost every new job.”

Brief, single-pages of bulleted information on the power of the small-business vote, what a small business is and the distinctions it has from a big business can be found here.

“Small businesses significantly impact Arizona’s economy,” reports the Office of Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration. “They represent 97.1 percent of all employers and employ 44.8 percent of the private-sector labor force. Small businesses are crucial to the fiscal condition of the state and numbered 495,227 in 2010. Most of Arizona’s small businesses have fewer than 20 employees.”

For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.

Small Business Left Vulnerable to Unfair Big Labor Tactics

Senate Fails to Nullify NLRB “Ambush” Election Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2012 — The United States Senate was today tasked with voting to nullify an upcoming change in workplace unionization rules that would dramatically undermine an employer’s opportunity to learn of and respond to union organization.  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a rule to reduce this amount of time from 38 days to 20 days or less.  Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced legislation, S.J. Res. 36, to nullify this rule and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) took this issue across the country in a national ‘Call to Action’ for its membership, and highlighted the importance of this vote in a Key Vote letter to the Hill.

“Protecting the rights of our members to own, operate, and grow their own businesses is the motto of NFIB, and this latest rule change by the NLRB threatens this at its core,” said Dan Danner, CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business. “By failing to nullify this rule, Senate Democrats have once again allowed Big Labor intimidation tactics to infiltrate small business and commandeer Main Street.  We tasked our extensive grassroots network across the country with a ‘Call to Action’ to urge senators on both sides of the aisle to support Senator Enzi’s common-sense resolution, but once again, politics has dictated policy.  Instead of a fair, level playing field for unionization in the workplace, the NLRB has given labor bosses a significant advantage over small-business owners, leaving them vulnerable and unsure of what will come their way next.”

The National Federation of Independent Business has been very engaged in ensuring that workplace unionization is the result of a fair and informed decision by employees, and has worked to limit the scope of the NLRB’s pro-Big Labor policies.  In an op-ed running today on Fox News.com, Dan Danner gave a final push to urge senators to support Senator Enzi’s resolution.

By not nullifying this NLRB rule, the Senate has allowed non-confirmed members of the NLRB to change labor law and has conceded its legislative responsibility to the NLRB.

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

NFIB: Thanks to Congress for Keeping NLRB in Check

NFIB Key Votes Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act to protect small employer rights

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 30, 2011 — The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) released the following statement by Senior Vice President for Federal Public Policy Susan Eckerly regarding today’s vote on H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act. The legislation was proposed in response to the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB) recent proposal on “ambush” elections and its decision in Specialty Healthcare to allow micro-unions, and is strongly supported by the NFIB.

“The NLRB is at it again. In an attempt to circumvent Congress—after it prevented the passage of card check legislation—the NLRB proposed the ‘ambush election rule,’ condensing the time period in which employers and employees have to prepare for a union election, so undermining the rights of both. And in its latest effort to blunt employer rights, the Board ruled in favor of so-called micro-unions, allowing unions to organize mini-bargaining units throughout a business. Unfortunately, the NLRB fails to realize that its pro-union actions will only create more uncertainty for small-business owners at a time when the country needs them to be creating more jobs.

“Fortunately, Congress has responded. In passing this bill, the House has demonstrated its understanding and concern for the unique demands that the NLRB’s irresponsible actions would place on small business. It is always a challenge for small business owners to keep current with new regulations and labor laws, especially in the current economic environment. It is the responsibility of our lawmakers to ensure that our nation’s job-creators are given the tools they need to succeed—not overwhelmed with rules and prohibitions that suppress growth and hiring. With so many small-business owners identifying economic and political uncertainty as their primary concern, NFIB is pleased that with its vote today, Congress has taken steps to renew small-business confidence.”

NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business advocacy organization, representing 350,000 small businesses around the country.

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

NFIB Files Lawsuit to Protect Employer Rights

Sues the NLRB Over Posting Requirement Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 19, 2011 — The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has filed a lawsuit challenging a punitive new rule issued two weeks ago by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The “Notice Posting Rule” requires private-sector employers to post a notice in their business informing employees of their right to unionize; failure to do so will constitute an independent “unfair labor practice” that subjects businesses to increased scrutiny, likelihood of investigation and an indefinite expansion of the statute of limitations for filing any other unfair labor practice charge.

“With this latest rule, the NLRB has gone too far, passing a mandate that vastly exceeds its authority—largely at the cost of the small-business community,” said Karen Harned, executive director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center. “In filing this lawsuit, we are joined by thousands of men and women around the nation who are standing up against the anti-business attitude that is reflected in actions of Washington’s regulators. It is truly a wonder why the government continues to treat job creators as the bad guys.”

Added Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for NFIB, “At best our members see this poster rule as unwelcome meddling by the NLRB and at worst, they see it as naked promotion of the unionization of their small businesses. It’s unnecessary, needlessly provocative and will only serve to create division rather than cooperation between small-business owners and their employees.

“Sadly, the NLRB is no longer an honest broker whose unbiased deliberations serve to facilitate understanding and cooperation between small-business owners and their workers. Instead, it has sloughed off any pretense of objectivity and proudly struts its active bias in favor of Big Labor by promoting the most radical and job-suppressing items on the union bosses’ agenda.”

According to NFIB’s lawsuit, the NLRB’s promulgation of the new rule is a gross overreach of its statutory authority under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Moreover, the rule, which takes effect on November 14, 2011, will impact employers with no history of NLRA violations. According to NFIB’s estimates, the rule will impact up to six million private-sector businesses around the country.

The lawsuit asks the court to set aside the rule and declare that the NLRB’s action violates the NLRA.

NFIB previously argued in its public comments on the proposed rule that in the absence of an election petition or a finding of an unfair labor practice, the NLRB lacks the authority to require employers to post any notice, especially a notice far more detailed than those required when the NLRB’s jurisdiction is properly invoked. Further, small businesses are particularly vulnerable to accidental violations because the regulatory compliance burden most often falls on the small business owner and because small businesses do not have dedicated compliance staff. These arguments are reiterated in the complaint.

Joining the lawsuit are the National Right to Work Legal Defense and Education Foundation, an employee advocacy group; Mike Sullivan, owner of Southeast Sealing, Inc., located in Conyers, Ga. and John F. Brinson, CEO of Lehigh Valley Racquet & 24-7 Fitness Clubs in Allentown, Pa., both small-business owners and NFIB members.

NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business advocacy organization, representing 350,000 small businesses around the country.

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NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.