NRF honors Sen. Mark Warner and Rep. John Kline
Washington, D.C. – The National Retail Federation (NRF) has named Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. and Rep. John Kline, R-Minn.as NRF’s Legislators of the Year. The awards presentation was made during the Retail Advocates Summit, NRF’s annual congressional fly-in.
“We thank Senator Warner and Representative Kline for their service and strong work in Congress on issues important to the retail industry,” NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Both lawmakers uniquely understand the important impact that the retail industry has on the economy and have taken concrete steps to support America’s retailers. I join our members in recognizing their dedication and commitment to the health and vitality of small and large retailers alike.”
Warner was elected to the Senate in 2008 and serves on the Finance, Banking, Budget, and Intelligence committees. The former Virginia governor has taken a holistic approach to investigating the complex issue of data and payment security, and has been a consistent voice of reason on implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Kline has represented Minnesota’s second congressional district since 2003. He is chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, where he has been an advocate for workers and employers. Kline has worked with his colleagues to pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which was signed into law earlier this month.
The NRF Government Affairs Policy Council, the association’s committee for federal legislative and regulatory issues, selected the two lawmakers for the recognition.
NRF slams NLRB decision on franchisees
Washington, D.C. – The National Retail Federation (NRF) is highly critical of a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recommending that McDonald’s and its franchisees should be considered joint employers. According to the NRF, this move would stall job growth and diminish capital investment by making it easier for fast food workers to unionize.
“It is just further evidence that the NLRB has lost all credibility as a government agency established to protect workers and is now just a government agency that serves as an adjunct for organized labor, which has fought for this decision for a number of years as a means to more easily unionize entire companies and industries,” said David French, NRF VP of government relations, in a statement.
“The NLRB’s contempt for hard working business men and women is on full display when they completely disregard established laws that govern the franchise model, a practice that has literally created thousands of small businesses in communities across America and employ millions of citizens of all ages. When a government agency unilaterally decides to unravel the long established and successful business relationships between franchisees and franchisors, the entire business community reacts. And the very people the NLRB was established to protect – American workers – may be the ultimate losers in this decision as those same businesses reconcile with an uncertain future.”
Crocs names Reebok exec VP of North America retail
Niwot, Colo. — Claire Fahie-Conley, VP of U.S. retail for Reebok, has been appointed Crocs’ VP of retail for North America. In this role, Fahie-Conley will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the retail footprint in North America, including the entire fleet of full-price and outlet stores.
Prior to joining Crocs, Fahie-Conley spent 20 years at Reebok. During the past five years, she served as VP of U.S. retail for Reebok and Rockport, where she was responsible for more than 150 retail stores and helped lead the development of the new Reebok FitHub store concept launched earlier this year.