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Business Leaders Call for a High Road Champion for Secretary of Labor:

For Immediate Release: 
February 15, 2017

“Businesses thrive when we build an economy with opportunity for all. A strong Department of Labor is vital to a high-road economy.”

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Bob Keener
ASBC
617-610-6766

WASHINGTON, DC (February 15, 2017)–The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 250,000 businesses, calls for the next person nominated to head the Department of Labor to support an economy based on high-road employers.

The following statement may be attributed to David Levine, CEO of ASBC:

“Businesses depend on healthy consumer demand, which results from strengthening the working and middle classes. Businesses thrive when we build  an economy with opportunity for all. A strong Department of Labor is vital to a high-road economy.

“The next Secretary of Labor should continue pushing for the highest workplace standards instead of setting the bar at the lowest common denominator. High-road employers recognize that fair wages and family-friendly policies are essential to their companies’ success, as well as to creating a more robust economy. We will continue to demand support and encouragement for high-road policies from the Department of Labor.”=

Last month, ASBC sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, expressing its concern about Andy Puzder for Secretary of Labor.  The letter said in part:

“With Mr. Puzder’s nomination, Mr. Trump is choosing the wrong model for helping the working and middle classes—and businesses that depend on healthy consumer demand. A race to the bottom will not build an economy with opportunity for all. Instead, it will usher in policies that cripple sustainable economic growth in the long-term.

“The world of work is changing fast, and in many cases, for the better. More and more companies are taking steps to become better employers, adding benefits like paid leave or sick days, child care, and an ownership stake for employees. These High Road Employers see their employees, the communities within which they operate, and the products and services they provide as equally important ingredients to their financial success. “

The full letter may be found here:  http://asbcouncil.org/sites/default/files/asbc_oppose_puzder_dol_nomination_1-12-17.pdf

ASBC is working to spread employee-focused workplace practices to more U.S. companies. Its “High Road Workplace Project: Policy Solutions for a Sustainable Economy," brings together the public and private sectors to expand incentives that will accelerate adoption of business practices maximizing employee productivity. Based on a set of 10 far-reaching principles, high-road business practices include providing family-friendly benefits, paying a living and fair wage, and governing the business fairly and transparently.

More information about the High Road Workplace Project may be found here: http://asbcouncil.org/action-center/campaigns/principles-high-road-employers .

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network it represents more than 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries. www.asbcouncil.org