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Happy 40th to the Staggers Rail Act, Which Deregulated and Saved the U.S. Rail Industry

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight rail and saved it from looming oblivion.

At the time of passage, the U.S. economy muddled along amid ongoing malaise, and our rail industry teetered due to decades of overly bureaucratic sclerosis.  Many other domestic U.S. industries had disappeared, and our railroads faced the same fate.  But by passing the Staggers Rail Act, Congress restored a deregulatory approach that in the 1980s allowed other U.S. industries to thrive.  No longer would government determine what services railroads could offer, their rates or their routes, instead restoring greater authority to the railroads themselves based upon cost-efficiency.

Today, U.S. rail flourishes even amid the coronavirus pandemic…[more]

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Thursday, July 27 2017

ALEXANDRIA, VA  Today, U.S. Representatives Virginia Foxx (R - North Carolina), Bradley Byrne (R - Alabama), Henry Cuellar (D - Texas) and Tim Walberg (R - Michigan) introduced important bipartisan legislation entitled the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441), updating the National Labor Relations Act and Fair Labor Standards Act to clarify the definition of "joint employer" for purposes of federal labor law. 

The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) supports swift passage of the legislation.  The following statement should be attributed to Timothy Lee, CFIF's Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs: 

"CFIF applauds this much-needed legislation, which reverses one of the most egregious abuses of the previous administration's National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). 

"For decades, federal labor law applied a fair, consistent and common-sense standard in determining when an employer could be held liable for alleged violations of employees' legal rights.  Until 2015, only those companies that exercised direct, actual and immediate control over employees and workplaces could rightfully be held accountable for legal violations.  But late in his tenure as Labor Secretary during the Obama Administration, Tom Perez upended decades of established law by asserting that even companies exercising vague and ambiguous 'indirect control' of other companies' employees could be sued as so-called 'joint employers.' 

"That politicized and indefensible reversal introduced needless uncertainty into the nation's employment environment, particularly for the nearly 750,000 franchise owners who account for millions of American jobs.  It is unfair and illogical to subject businesses to potential liability from employees over whom they exercise no control in hiring, supervision, wages or working condition decisions.  It's important that Congress resolve the issue once and for all with clear, unambiguous legislation. 

"CFIF therefore strongly supports this legislation, and stands ready to help ensure its quick passage." 

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