Today, RILA Vice President of Government Affairs Evan Armstrong published an op-ed in The Hill, which details how regulations issued under the Obama-era National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), specifically the Specialty Healthcare decision allowing micro-bargaining units within stores, are hindering workforce training and flexibility valued by retail employees. Armstrong points to the Representation Fairness Restoration Act, introduced by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) this week, as a common-sense solution to restore workplace mobility and flexibility.
"Retailers offer countless ways for employees just stepping into the workforce to learn new skills. Workforce training and flexibility is the hallmark of the industry and one of the ways in which retail employees learn the ropes is by cross-training in different departments."
"Unfortunately, due to regulations adopted under the Obama Administration and its activist National Labor Relations Board, opportunities for employees to move through the ranks have been stifled as the NLRB’s top-down regulatory approach prevents employee mobility within departments."
"As leaders in the workforce arena, we want to continue to train our employees and help them grow. We must not let red tape get in the way of progress. Congress would do right by America’s employees to pass this important legislation."
Read the full op-ed in The Hill here.
RILA is the trade association of the worlds largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.