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Kline, Roe Statement on NLRB Joint-Employer Decision

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) issued the following joint statement today after the National Labor Relations Board released a partisan decision in Browning-Ferris Industries that overturns established labor policy and will disrupt the operations of small businesses across the country:            

The board has just discarded decades of settled labor policy with far-reaching consequences for entrepreneurs, working families, and small business owners. By redefining what it means to be an employer, the board has set a dangerous precedent that will lead to higher costs for consumers and fewer jobs for workers. This radical scheme will also threaten the livelihoods of men and women who achieved the dream of owning a small business and will make it even harder for others to pursue the same opportunity. 

This decision is as bad as we feared, and it extends the board’s long track record of siding with union leaders instead of America’s workers and job creators. Under the president’s watch, the National Labor Relations Board has pushed a culture of union favoritism that is detrimental to workers and employers. Congress should not stand idly by while the board disrupts countless lives and small businesses across the country. That is why we will work to roll back this flawed decision and the damaging effects it will impose on families and small business owners.

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