• Petitioned Mary Beth Maxwell

This petition was delivered to:

Acting Deputy Administrator, U.S. Department of Labor
Mary Beth Maxwell
United States Secretary of Labor
Thomas Perez
Press Office, Department of Labor
Jason Surbey
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Arkansas-03
Rep. Steve Womack
Arkansas-02
Rep. Tim Griffin
Arkansas-01
Rep. Rick Crawford
Arkansas
Sen. John Boozman
Arkansas
Sen. Mark Pryor
Arkansas-04
Rep. Tom Cotton

US Department of Labor: Don’t hurt hardworking moms with costly regulations!

    1. Rhea Lana Riner
    2. Petition by

      Rhea Lana Riner

      Conway, AR

Moms who want to sell their items and volunteer at consignment events are now facing potential Department of Labor regulations that make it almost impossible for the events to continue.

Sixteen years ago, I was a mom with three young kids who loved cute children's clothes but couldn't afford them.  So I pulled out all the furniture and had a children's clothing consignment event in my living room! The events with friends and neighbors at my home became so popular over the years, I have since dedicated my entire career to organizing consignment events to help struggling families, and turned it into a company: Rhea Lana’s Children’s Consignment Events. Since that time Rhea Lana’s has grown to sixty-six events in twenty-two states!  Moms everywhere love getting excellent children's items at an affordable price.

Like organizing a really nice yard or garage sale for a community, consigning moms bring the items they’d like to sell, choose the prices for those items, help set up and host the events, and in return they earn a profit for the items they sell.  Those who decide to volunteer by helping to put on the actual event not only make the event a huge success (and cause their own items to sell) but also get to shop early. Today there are thousands of events like mine all over the nation. There are probably one or more consignment event organizers like me serving families in your community. Maybe you have been a shopper or a consigner!

In 2011 I worked with the Arkansas Department of Labor and have a Consent Agreement to continue operating in my home state. But that’s not stopping the U.S. Dept. of Labor from hurting my business.

In January, the U.S. Department of Labor investigated my business and now says that the moms who help me set up and run the event must be my employees.  This would hurt moms since the cost of taxes and red tape would cut the mom’s profits and event organizers would probably decline to hold consignment events any more out of fear of government intervention. That would be like requiring Build-a-Bear to consider children who come to their shop employees, or requiring neighborhoods that put on yard sales to consider each household that sells goods  an employee--making all of those folks submit employment paperwork, taxes, etc. each time!

What’s worse is that with this new Department of Labor classification, they could feasibly shut down the consignment event  in your community this Fall-- just as parents are getting much needed clothes for the school year!

Families across the nation depend on the children's consignment industry for quality clothing and other essentials in this very tough economy. Hardworking parents have the right to use their personal time to participate in Rhea Lana's consignment events without being considered employees. The Department of Labor wishes to change the way Rhea Lana’s operates, and in the process, take away shoppers’ freedom to buy and sell used clothing and sundries at their discretion by making them my employees.  Moms and dads have had the freedom to put on and volunteer at consignment events for many, many years. There is no need for the government to regulate a parent’s personal time or the money they otherwise could spend on their kids.

When families decide to help host these events they have an economic stake in the success.  They are working for themselves - not the consignment event.

Please sign my petition asking the Department of Labor to keep consigning the way it is for moms everywhere.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 15,000 signatures
    2. Consigning Moms Defense Website Launched

      Rhea Lana Riner
      Petition Organizer

      Rhea Lana's launched a website to explain more about our journey and the details of our position that consignors are exempt from the FLSA. Please visit www.consigningmomsdefense.com. Help us defend the rights of moms to use their personal time to benefit their families!

    3. Reached 12,500 signatures
    4. Reached 10,000 signatures

    Supporters

    @DavidMeeks

    Jul 28, 2013

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    StateRep David Meeks
    2.24k followers

    @ConsignMommies

    Jul 26, 2013

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    Consignment Mommies
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    Reasons for signing

    • Mary Ann Andruscavage NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL
      • 4 months ago

      Make it easier on the Moms and their kids.

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    • DIANA SIENKIEWICZ DANIA BEACH, FL
      • 4 months ago

      this is a in home yard sale let it go

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    • Jesus Torres ACTON, CA
      • 4 months ago

      Another example of our government incompetence.

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    • Theresa Berkoski OWINGS, MD
      • 4 months ago

      I'm a consigner,a mom and I volunteer at our sale and I would greatly be impacted,as well as my kids from this!!

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    • Blake Schreck WESTMINSTER, CO
      • 7 months ago

      We don't need more government making it harder for small businesses to succeed!

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