CDW Files Comments on DOL’s LM-2 Rulemaking

Washington, DC – On Monday, December 14, CDW filed comments on the Department of Labor’s proposed rulemaking on LM-2 Forms, or the annual financial reports labor organizations are required to submit to DOL. CDW strongly supports the proposal, which “provides important financial transparency and accountability that is critical to union members, the employer community and the general public.”

As we explain in our comments, “Current financial disclosure rules allow unions to obscure vital financial information that make it virtually impossible for union members, employers, and the general public to fully understand a union’s financial health, investments and expenditures.” This proposed rulemaking is much needed, and union members nationwide will be grateful for the new transparency.

Biz groups hail Trump’s labor board pick

Business groups are hailing President Trump intention to nominate attorney Marvin Kaplan to fill one of two vacancies on the five-member National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

CDW Statement on Letter to Transition Team

WASHINGTON, D.C. // DECEMBER 9, 2016 // Today, the nationwide coalition of more than 600 associations, companies, and advocacy organizations sent a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence to quickly fill vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board with qualified experts.

According to the letter, “Over the last eight years, the NLRB has overturned an astounding total of 4,559 years’ worth of long-standing precedent, blurred numerous bright-line tests, and dramatically overhauled the union election process – all in an effort to benefit organized labor… CDW has opposed this regulatory overreach through litigation; both by directly challenging Board rules and through amicus briefs challenging Board decisions…

“The new Administration can return balance to the NLRB by nominating new Board members who will interpret the National Labor Relations Act in a manner that is fair to workers, unions and employers alike. Moreover, returning the Board to its traditional role as a neutral arbiter of labor disputes will create a climate for economic growth by freeing employers from the unnecessary red-tape and uncertainty associated with recent Board activities. The Administration has the opportunity to do this by nominating two qualified experts to the Board upon inauguration.”

CDW Statement Congratulating President-Elect Trump

Washington, D.C. –The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) released the following statement in response to the 2016 election outcome:

“This election was dominated by calls for economic reforms that would return jobs to the American people. From addressing unnecessary Department of Labor regulations to illegal and unhelpful actions at the NLRB over the past eight years, there are many opportunities to collaborate with President-elect Trump’s administration to quickly improve the outlook for employers and employees. Our membership supports policies that would stimulate economic growth and is confident this new administration will be a good working partner in achieving that goal.

“The CDW congratulates President-elect Donald J. Trump on his election victory and looks forward to a productive working relationship with the new administration.”

Video: Explaining The “Persuader Rule”

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace released a video explaining the threats to small business and attorney-client relationship posed by a Department of Labor rule that would remove an advice exemption to the “persuader” rule.

CDW Statement on Preliminary Injunction filed for DOL Persuader Rule

Coalition of over 600 organizations says Labor Dept. Persuader Rule Should be Held Until Courts Rule  

Washington, D.C. (April 5, 2016) – The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) released the following statement from CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen upon filing a preliminary injunction with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on their so-called “persuader” agreements: 

“We believe the rule will impose immediate and irreparable harm to the millions of small and mid-sized businesses represented by CDW members and are urging the court to enjoin the Department of Labor from implementing the rule until the court has decided the merits of our legal challenge.”

“As we have previously stated, DOL has ignored the clear language of the underlying statute, the procedural requirements Congress imposed on agency rulemaking and the thousands of comments submitted by small businesses and other stakeholders.”