The Save American Workers Act


The Save American Workers Act

  • The 30-hour rule in ObamaCare is destroying jobs and opportunities for lower income Americans.
  • The 30-hour rule has created a new class of workers – the ObamaCare 29ers.
  • The 30-hour rule reduces what lower skill workers need most – experience and opportunity.
  • The 30-hour rule diminishes educational opportunities for lower income Americans by reducing class offerings and raising costs for community colleges.

Impact on low-skill, low-income workers: The crux of the 30-hour rule is that it requires employers to offer health coverage to employees (and their dependents) who work over 30 hours per week. This provides a huge incentive for employers to limit the number of workers who exceed 30 hours. Industries that employ lower skill workers, and often provide entry-level opportunities for younger workers, are disproportionately affected by the 30-hour rule. A 2013 study by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education concluded that up to 2.3 million workers are at risk for reduced hours. According to the report “those at highest risk are workers in predominately low-wage industries that are right on the cusp of what is considered full-time work under the law.”

According to a Hoover Institution study 2.6 million Americans making under $30,000 a year are most at risk of having their hours and wages cut as a result of the 30-hour rule. Of that group:

  • 63 percent are women and
  • 90 percent do not have a college degree.
  • Over half have a high school diploma or less
  • Almost 60% of the group is between the ages of 19 and 34, making the 30-hour rule particularly damaging for younger American workers.

A July, 2013 letter from three leading unions to Sen. Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Pelosi, stated:
The law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation, and many of them are doing so openly. The impact is two-fold: fewer hours means less pay while also losing our current health benefits … we can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans.


January 6, 2015

Honorable John A. Boehner
Speaker of the House of Representatives
United States Capitol Washington, DC 201515

Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Majority Leader in the House of Representatives
United States Capitol Washington, DC 20515

Honorable Steve Scalise
Majority Whip in the House of Representatives
United States Capitol Washington, DC 20515


Dear Speaker Boehner, Leader McCarthy, and Whip Scalise,

The More Time for Full-Time Coalition ( ) greatly appreciates your steadfast support for restoring the traditional definition of full-time employee to 40 hours per week and urges you to move House consideration of legislation to do so as early as possible in the 114th Congress.

Many employees are being hurt by lost wages and hours because the 30-hour-per-week definition in the Affordable Care Act is forcing employers to restructure their workforce by reducing their employees’ hours to alleviate the burden of compliance. Harmonizing the definition of full-time employee in the ACA with the traditional 40-hour definition would benefit both employees through more hours and income, and employers now able to focus on growing their business and creating jobs rather than restructuring their workforce.

If this is not addressed soon, our country will experience significant workforce disruptions and individuals as well as companies will lose valued workforce flexibility. We urge you to work in a bipartisan way to restore the traditional definition of full-time employment by changing the Affordable Care Act’s 30-hour-per-week definition.

Many Americans are drawn to part-time jobs with flexible hours to suit their personal needs. Further, employers with variable-hour workforces and flexible scheduling have been appealing and critical for students, single parents, and other individuals struggling to balance various obligations and commitments. This critical flexibility will be lost if
employers are forced to abandon current practices in order to avoid significant financial penalties.

Aligning the law’s definition of full-time employee status with current levels would help avoid any unnecessary disruptions to employees’ wages and hours, and would provide significant relief.

Thank you for considering our concerns and for your leadership in addressing a fundamental challenge employees and businesses face in implementing this law.




National Associations

American Hotel & Lodging Association
American Rental Association (ARA)
Asian American Hotel Owners Association
Associated Builders and Contractors
College & University Professional Association for Human Resources
International Franchise Association
National Association of Convenience Stores
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Theatre Owners
National Association of Truck Stop Operators
National Club Association
National Council of Chain Restaurants
National Grocers Association
National Restaurant Association
National Retail Federation
Society for Human Resource Management
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

State and Local Associations

Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (NY)
Alabama Grocers Association
Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Alliance
Alaska Chamber (AK)
Alaska Hotel & Lodging Association
Alaska Restaurant & Hospitality Alliance
Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber(NY)
Alexander City Chamber of Commerce (AL)
Ames Chamber of Commerce (IA)
Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce (NM)
ARA of Alabama
ARA of Arizona
ARA of Arkansas
ARA of California
ARA of Colorado
ARA of Connecticut
ARA of Florida
ARA of Georgia
ARA of Idaho
ARA of Illinois
ARA of Indiana
ARA of Iowa
ARA of Kentucky
ARA of Louisiana
ARA of Maine
ARA of Maryland
ARA of Massachusetts
ARA of Michigan
ARA of Montana
ARA of Nebraska
ARA of New Jersey
ARA of New York
ARA of North Carolina
ARA of Ohio
ARA of Oklahoma
ARA of Oregon
ARA of Pennsylvania
ARA of Tennessee
ARA of Vermont
ARA of Virginia
ARA of Washington
ARA of Wisconsin
Arizona Food Marketing Alliance
Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association
Arkansas Grocers and Retail Merchants Association
Arkansas Hospitality Association
Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce (AK)
Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce (OH)
Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Inc.(MA)
Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce (MD)
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce (ME)
Barrow County Chamber of Commerce (GA)
Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce (WI)
Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce (FL)
Brownsville Chamber of Commerce (TX)
California Grocers Association
California Hotel & Lodging Association
California Restaurant Association
Campbell County Chamber of Commerce (WY)
Cape May County Chamber of Commerce (NJ)
Carolinas Food Industry Council
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce (NC)
Central Chamber of Commerce (LA)
Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce (DE)
Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry (PA)
Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce (FL)
Cobb Chamber of Commerce (GA)
Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association
Colorado Restaurant Association
Committee of 100 Louisiana (LA)
Connecticut Food Association
Connecticut Lodging Association
Corning Area Chamber of Commerce (NY)
Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce (IA)
Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce (MN)
Delaware Restaurant Association
Delaware State Chamber of Commerce (DE)
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (CO)
Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IL)
Dublin-Laurens County Chamber of Commerce (GA)
Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (VA)
Florida Chamber of Commerce (FL)
Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce (WI)
Fresno Chamber of Commerce (CA)
Fullerton Chamber of Commerce (CA)
Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce (IL)
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce (MD)
Georgia Food Industry Association
Georgia Hotel Lodging Association
Georgia Restaurant Association
Glendale Chamber of Commerce (AZ)
Goshen Chamber of Commerce (IN)
Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce (CO)
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce (MI)
Grapevine Chamber of Commerce (TX)
Greater Burlington Partnership (IA)
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce (NC)
Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce (AZ)
Greater Green Bay Chamber (WI)
Greater Louisville, Inc. (KY)
Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce (ND)
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (AZ)
Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce (RI)
Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce (LA)
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce (VA)
Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce (KS)
Greece Chamber of Commerce (NY)
Hardy County Chamber of Commerce (WV)
Harford County Chamber (MD)
Harlan County Chamber of Commerce (KY)
Harrisburg Regional Chamber CREDC (PA)
Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association
Hotel Association of New York City, Inc.
Hotel Association of Washington DC
Hueneme Chamber of Commerce (CA)
Idaho Lodging & Restaurant Association
Idaho Retailers Association
Illinois Chamber of Commerce (IL)
Illinois Food Retailers Association
Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
Illinois Restaurant Association
Indiana Chamber of Commerce (IN)
Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association
Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
Iowa Chamber Alliance (IA)
Iowa Chamber Alliance (IA)
Iowa Grocery Industry Association
Iowa Restaurant Association
Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (TX)
Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce (NC)
Jefferson Chamber of Commerce (LA)
Kansas Food Dealers Association
Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association
Kentucky Association of Convenience Stores
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (KY)
Kentucky Grocers Association
Kentucky Restaurant Association
Lemoore Chamber of Commerce (CA)
Licking County Chamber of Commerce (OH)
Long Beach Area Chamber ofCommerce (CA)
Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce (VA)
Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LA)
Louisiana Hotel & Lodging Association
Louisiana Restaurant Association
Louisiana Retailers Association
Lubbock Chamber of Commerce (TX)
Maine Innkeepers Association
Maine Restaurant Association
Maine State Chamber of Commerce (ME)
Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce (MN)
Maryland Chamber of Commerce (MD)
Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association
Maryland Retailers Association
Massachusetts Food Association
Massachusetts Lodging Association
Michigan Chamber of Commerce (MI)
Michigan Grocers
Michigan Lodging
and Tourism
Michigan Restaurant
Mid-America Grocers
Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce (MD)
Minnesota Grocers
Minnesota Lodging
Minnesota Rental
Minnesota Restaurant
Miramar Pembroke
Pines Regional
Chamber of
Commerce (FL)
Hospitality and
Missouri Grocers
Missouri Restaurant
Mobile (AL) Area
Chamber of
Monroe Chamber of
Commerce (LA)
Montana Chamber of
Commerce (MT)
Montana Lodging &
Council (MT)
Chamber of
Commerce (IL)
Myrtle Beach Area
Chamber of
Commerce (SC)
Nebraska Chamber of
Commerce & Industry
Nebraska Grocery
Industry Association
Nebraska Hotel &
Motel Association
Nebraska Restaurant
Nevada Hotel &
Lodging Association
New Hampshire
Equipment Rental
New Hampshire
Lodging & Restaurant
New Hampshire
Restaurant & Lodging
New Jersey Food
New Jersey State
Chamber of
Commerce (NJ)
New Mexico
New York Hospitality
& Tourism
New York State Food
New York State
Newberry County
Chamber of
Commerce (SC)
Nome Chamber of
Commerce (AK)
North Carolina
Chamber (NC)
North Carolina
Restaurant & Lodging
North Carolina Retail
North Country
Chamber of
Commerce (NY)
North Dakota Grocers
North Myrtle Beach
Chamber of
Commerce (SC)
North Shore Chamber
of Commerce (MA)
Northern Kentucky
Chamber of
Commerce (KY)
Ohio Chamber of
Commerce (OH)
Ohio Grocers
Ohio Hotel &
Lodging Association
Ohio Restaurant
Oklahoma Grocers
Oklahoma Hotel &
Lodging Association
Oklahoma Restaurant
Orange County
Business Council
Oregon Restaurant &
Lodging Association
Oshkosh Chamber of
Commerce (WI)
Overland Park
Chamber of
Commerce (KS)
Oxnard Chamber of
Commerce (CA)
Ozark Empire
Grocers Association
Palm Desert Area
Chamber of
Commerce (CA)
Chamber of Greater
Montgomery County
Chamber of Business
and Industry (PA)
Pennsylvania Food
Restaurant & Lodging
Portland Chamber of
Commerce (TX)
Rathdrum Chamber of
Commerce (ID)
Rensselaer County
Regional Chamber of
Commerce (NY)
Retail Grocers of
Greater Kansas City
Rhode Island
Rochester Business
Alliance (NY)
Rocky Mountain
Food Industry
Association (CO /
Rome Area Chamber
of Commerce (NY)
Roseburg Area
Chamber of
Commerce (OR)
Rowan County
Chamber of
Commerce (NC)
Salt Lake Chamber of
Commerce (UT)
Santa Clara Chamber
of Commerce &
Bureau (CA)
Santa Clarita Valley
Chamber of
Commerce (CA)
Schuylkill Chamber
of Commerce (PA)
Simi Valley Chamber
of Commerce (CA)
South Baldwin
Chamber of
Commerce (AL)
South Carolina
Restaurant & Lodging
South Carolina Retail
South Dakota
Retailers Association
Restaurant Division
South Padre Island
Chamber of
Commerce (TX)
Springfield Area
Chamber of
Commerce (MO)
State Chamber of
Oklahoma (OK)
Tempe Chamber of
Commerce (AZ)
Tennessee Grocers &
Convenience Store
Tennessee Hospitality
Texas Association of
Business (TX)
Texas Food & Fuel
Texas Hotel &
Lodging Association
Texas Rental
Texas Restaurant
Texas Retailers
The Business Council
of New York State,
Inc. (NY)
The Chamber of
Reno, Sparks, and
Northern Nevada
The Greater Cedar
Valley Alliance &
Chamber (IA)
The Greater Hartsville
Chamber of
Commerce (SC)
Thibodaux Chamber
of Commerce (LA)
Tucson Metro
Chamber (AZ)
Upper Tampa Bay
Chamber of
Commerce (FL)
Utah Food Industry
Utah Hotel &
Lodging Association
Utah Retail
Valley Industry &
Association (CA)
Vermont Chamber of
Vermont Retail and
Grocers Association
Virginia Chamber of
Commerce (VA)
Virginia Hospitality
& Travel Association
Virginia Hospitality
& Travel Association
Virginia Retail
Washington Food
Industry Association
Washington Lodging
West Chambers
County Chamber of
Commerce (TX)
West Virginia
Chamber of
Commerce (WV)
West Virginia
Hospitality & Travel
West Virginia Oil
Marketers and
Grocers Association

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