Labor and Immigration Policy Positions and Activities 2011-2012
This publication provides an overview of U.S. Chamber activities with respect to the areas of labor and immigration. Specifically, the U.S. Chamber has taken the lead in the crucial policy decisions that have the potential to impact employers. During the 110th Congress, many pieces of legislation were introduced which would have radically transformed the employment laws of this country—and not in a good way. Through hard work (much of it by Chamber members—thank you!) and the education of policymakers, that agenda was derailed, with the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) as the most obvious example.
With a divided Congress, the fight has now shifted to activities being pursued by federal agencies. At issue are executive orders, regulations, case decisions, enforcement policies, and various sub-regulatory agency initiatives. When viewed individually, few of these appear to represent sweeping changes; collectively, they represent a threat to the employer community similar to that posed by the legislation introduced in the last Congress. This brochure explains in more detail, positions and activities that the Chamber has taken toward these agency initiatives.