Save American Workers Act of 2015by Representative Jackie Walorski
Posted on 2015-01-08
WALORSKI. I thank the chairman.
Mr. Speaker, I, too, am pleased to stand here today to support the Save American Workers Act.
I also want to thank my colleague and fellow Hoosier, Representative Todd Young, for sponsoring this bill.
This bipartisan legislation would restore the traditional 40-hour workweek and help employers and employees. Right now, the Affordable Care Act defines full-time employees as those who work 30 hours or more a week, not the standard, more traditional 40 hours.
My district is the RV capital of the world. Businesses are ripe for growth. Expansion is on the horizon. They are afraid to hire and be forced to lay off if this 30-hour definition is not changed.
Our businesses, like the School City of Mishawaka that educates kids, need permanent relief from the burdensome and costly requirements of ObamaCare.
The Save American Workers Act will create jobs in my State and in my district for Hoosiers.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to introduce a letter of support from the Precision Machined Products Association, which employs many machinists in my district--real jobs for real people.
Precision Machined Products Association, January 6, 2015.
Hon. Todd Young, Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC.
Dear Representative Young: On behalf of the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA), our members and the roughly 100,000 employees nationwide in our industry, thank you for your introduction of H.R. 30, the Saving American Workers Act, and your continued efforts to address the issues facing businesses manufacturing in America.
Like many other manufacturers and small businesses across the country, we are concerned about the potential negative impacts caused by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's 30-hour threshold for full-time employee classification.
Manufacturing businesses, especially companies with fewer than 500 employees, already face significant disadvantages when competing with foreign manufacturers in the global market and this ``30-hour rule'' is counter-productive to the goal of expanding access to affordable healthcare for employees of small businesses. Rather than providing additional employees with healthcare, the 30-hour rule will force employers to cut their part-time employees' hours in order to prevent their healthcare costs from skyrocketing.
Your leadership and efforts to repeal the 30-hour rule and standardize the definition of a ``full-time'' employee to 40 hours per week would save manufacturers like us from having to reduce their employees' hours and, rather, would allow them to invest in more employees and grow their businesses. At such a crucial time in our nation's economic recovery, the Affordable Care Act's incentive for businesses to cut their employees' hours to avoid the ``full-time'' classification and dramatic increases in healthcare costs will be damaging to small businesses and to the employees' it purports to help.
[[Page H134]] Thank you for your consideration and your leadership on this issue on behalf of the metalworking industry.
Sincerely, Miles Free, Co-interim Executive Director, PMPA.