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NAW Voices “Vehement” Opposition to Labor Sec Nomination

NAW cited the Labor Department's proposed overtime pay and worker walkaround rules as being harmful to the wholesale distribution industry.
Washington, DC., USA- January 12, 2020: The United States Depart

The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors voiced its “vehement” opposition to President Biden’s renomination of Julie Sue for U.S. Secretary of Labor.

As it did in early November 2023 and at the end of August, NAW cited the DoL’s proposed overtime pay rule as being harmful to the wholesale distribution industry. The rule would guarantee overtime pay for most salaried workers earning less than $1,059 per week, or about $55,000 per year.

Brian Wild

Brian Wild, NAW’s Chief Government Relations Officer, issued the following statement in a Jan. 9 NAW news release:

“Ms. Su’s time as Acting Secretary has been marked by a disregard for the diverse needs of both businesses and workers, evidenced in her flawed and harmful policies that threaten jobs, stifle growth, and undermine essential freedoms. 

The proposed overtime pay rule, with its unprecedented hike in the salary threshold, stands as a prime example. This rule, demonstrably harmful to the wholesale distribution industry – the very backbone of our nation’s supply chain – would limit employee development opportunities, diminish workplace autonomy, and restrict flexibility for millions of employees. This is not an isolated misstep. We see Acting Secretary Su’s influence on other alarming policies, like today’s new Labor Department rule redefining independent contractors, a biased regulation that threatens the flexibility and earning potential of millions of Americans.   

Furthermore, Ms. Su’s oversight of the Department of Labor has yielded flawed proposals like OSHA’s proposed worker walkaround rule, a rule that not only fails to advance workplace safety but also violates property rights, endangers trade secrets, and increases liability risks. This pattern of harmful decisions is simply unacceptable for a leader entrusted with managing an agency that has such a profound impact on our economy.  

NAW unequivocally calls upon President Biden to withdraw his renomination of Julie Su. We urge the President to appoint a leader who will work tirelessly to build a future where both businesses and workers can thrive.”

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