Persuader Rule Could Silence Manufacturers

New Rule Will Restrict Ability to Educate and Inform Workforce

Washington, D.C., March 23, 2016 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement after the Department of Labor finalized the persuader rule:

“This unwarranted action by the Department of Labor will further restrict employers’ ability to educate and inform employees on essential issues in the workplace. For small and medium-sized manufacturers especially, this ‘revision’ could silence employers for no good reason. This is just the latest in a series of so-called ‘tweaks’ from the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board, which, in reality, are overreaching and drastic overhauls to longstanding policy that will fundamentally upend the manufacturing workplace. The NAM will aggressively pursue legislative and legal action to overturn this dangerous, unnecessary rule.”

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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