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NYT Editorial: Compounding the Risk for Coal Miners
President Trump’s vow to bring back the coal industry’s heyday is a delusion. But it’s already inspiring Republican legislatures in Appalachia to resurrect a grim element of those boom times: loose safety laws that endangered miners’ lives and protected owners’ profits.

03/20/2017

GOP Threatens to Deny Poor People Medical Care If They Aren’t Working
Republicans moved to require able-bodied, poor Americans to work in order to receive publicly funded health insurance through Medicaid on Thursday, advancing a long-held goal of conservative reformers.

03/19/2017

Court Upholds Seattle Ordinance Rules Allowing Uber Union Vote
A Washington state judge upheld a Seattle ordinance allowing app-based ride-hailing drivers to vote to unionize, dealing a blow to Uber Technologies Inc.’s hopes of stalling the legislation.

03/19/2017

Massive Labor Strike Planned for May 1
Hundreds of thousands of service workers will strike on May 1, seizing on the wave of opposition among labor organizations to President Trump, BuzzFeed News reported Saturday.

03/19/2017

President Trump’s Budget Breaks his Promises to Workers
President Donald Trump ran on and was purportedly elected to deliver good jobs.* So far, however, his jobs agenda has amounted to little more than threats to strip workers’ health care and promises to slash corporate taxes and reward companies shipping jobs overseas. His budget is the latest in a series of attacks on workers.

03/19/2017

Trump's Proposal to Scrap Chemical Safety Board Draws Criticism
President Donald Trump's proposal to do away with the federal agency that investigates chemical accidents drew sharp criticism from environmental, labor and safety advocates, who said that eliminating the watchdog would put American lives at risk.

03/19/2017

Group of 40 US House Democrats Oppose Delay of Labor Dept Retirement Rule
Forty House Democrats, led by the party's top member of the House of Representatives Financial Services committee Maxine Waters, voiced opposition on Friday to a US Labor Department proposal to delay the start of a 'controversial' retirement regulation.

03/19/2017

Female Players and USA Hockey Spar Over Contract Talks
USA Hockey said the demands would exceed $8 million in an Olympic year and $5.7 million in a non-Olympic year. Players called that information “patently false.”

03/19/2017

NYT: President Trump’s Wheezing Jobs Effort
"President Trump traveled to Michigan last week and promised to recreate the industrial America that existed when Willow Run was 'the arsenal of democracy' and Rosie the Riveter was a celebrated symbol of its work force," according to a New York Times editorial.

03/19/2017

Gorsuch Praised a Leading Republican Activist Behind Voter Suppression Efforts
“Few people in the Republican Party have done more to limit voting rights than Hans von Spakovsky,” writes Ari Berman in The Nation. “He’s been instrumental in spreading the myth of widespread voter fraud and backing new restrictions to make it harder to vote. But it appears that von Spakovsky had an admirer in Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, according to e-mails released to the Senate Judiciary Committee covering Gorsuch’s time working in the George W. Bush Administration."

03/17/2017

Perez Calls Trump ‘a President of the Rich’ Over Budget Blueprint
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez ripped President Trump’s first federal budget outline Thursday, saying it favors the wealthy over the working class. “Donald Trump’s budget blueprint has one goal: to devastate hardworking families,” Perez said in a statement.

03/17/2017

Home District 'Stakeouts' Begin as TrumpCare Advances in Congress
The GOP's healthcare plan narrowly passed out of the House Budget Committee on Thursday, while "stakeouts" began in Congressional home districts aimed at pressuring lawmakers to vote against the widely unpopular legislation.

03/17/2017

AFL-CIO: Trump’s FY 2018 Budget 'Dangerous and Destructive'
"The budget abandons the future," writes AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, "slashing investments in workers, communities, young people, protecting our environment and building democracy. There are major cuts in job training, education, health programs, the environment, the arts and foreign aid. Research programs in science and medicine are slashed. Sixty-two government programs/agencies are slated for elimination."

03/17/2017

UAW, Caterpillar Reach Tentative 6-Year Contract Deal
There's a tentative agreement between Caterpillar Inc. and the United Auto Workers. The union posted a statement on its bargaining website Wednesday indicating the tentative agreement.

03/17/2017

Slate Editorial Staff Votes to Unionize with WGA East
Slate has become the latest in a long line of digital media outlets whose editorial staffs have voted to unionize with the WGA East. The union said Wednesday that more than 90% of Slate’s editorial staff have signed cards declaring that they want the guild to represent them in contract talks. Slate joins The Huffington Post, Vice Media, Gawker Media, Salon, ThinkProgress, The Root and Fusion, whose staffs have voted to be represented by the guild.

03/17/2017

Proposed Labor Department Cuts Target Job Training Programs
The proposal would shrink the Labor Department’s budget by 21 percent from current levels, to $9.6 billion for fiscal year 2018. While the administration provided estimates for some of the proposed reductions, it did not specify where the majority of the cuts would come from.

03/16/2017

US Women’s Hockey Team Hits Hard in Pay Dispute
The team’s boycott matters because the US women are the defending world champs. They have medaled in all five of the sport’s Olympic tournaments. They are one of only four or five quality teams in the world, making their presence essential to the legitimacy of any major tournament.

03/16/2017

US Employers Posted More Jobs in January; Quitting Jumped
More than 3.2 million people quit their jobs in January, the most in nearly 16 years. That is a sign of confidence in the job market, since workers typically quit either when they have another job, or do not but are optimistic they can find one.

03/16/2017

California Lawmakers Try Again to Require More Transparency on Drug Prices
California Democrats, labor unions, health insurers and consumer advocacy groups — along with newly joined backer Tom Steyer, the billionaire activist — are restarting their effort to shed more light on prescription drug prices after a similar measure sputtered last year.

03/16/2017

Appeal Promised as McDonald’s Ducks Wage-Theft Suit
Cashiers Guadalupe Salazar, Genoveva Lopez and Judith Zarate sued McDonald’s and franchise owner Bobby Haynes in March 2014, claiming they were denied meal and rest breaks and that McDonald’s miscalculated their wages through a flawed payroll system.

03/16/2017

Labor Notes: How We're Setting Our Contract Bargaining Tables to Advance Racial Justice
“Employers often use race to divide workers against one another,” write Luster Howard, Maricruz Manzanarez, and Seth Newton Patel in Labor Notes. “At University of California campuses and hospitals, we’re seeing the problem get worse now that President Donald Trump’s administration is unleashing new waves of racism and attacks on immigrants."

03/16/2017

Death Spiral, Debunked: Facts Undercut Major Argument for GOP Healthcare Plan
The Congressional Budget Office analysis released this week on the GOP's replacement plan, the American Healthcare Act, further exposes the "death spiral" talking point as a myth: "According to the budget office," The New York Times wrote Wednesday, "the Obamacare markets will remain stable over the long run, if there are no significant changes."

03/16/2017

The Increasing Significance of the Decline of Men
While women were hit much harder than men by the disappearance of middle-skill jobs, the majority of women managed to upgrade their skills and find better-paying jobs. By comparison, more than half of men who lost middle-skill jobs had to settle for lower-paying occupations.

03/16/2017

EPI: Does Alexander Acosta Still Think Undocumented Workers Deserve Protection?
"In the context of an administration that has shown itself to be remarkably anti-worker, it’s more important than ever that the labor secretary be prepared to enforce our labor laws and advocate for all working people," writes Marni von Wilpert for the Economic Policy Institute.

03/15/2017

Gorsuch to Workers: If Your Boss Says to Endanger Your Health, Do It or Risk Being Fired
The boss’s orders come before a worker’s health, according to Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. That was the gist of Gorsuch’s dissent in a case in which a truck driver was stranded with broken equipment in subzero temperatures late at night, waiting for a replacement who was delayed for how long he did not know.

03/15/2017

AFL-CIO: 9 Ways the GOP Health Care Bill Makes Health Coverage in the US Unaffordable and Out of Reach
The Congressional Republican health plan is an attack on everyone’s health benefits. No health care coverage—workplace plans, Medicare, Medicaid or the individual insurance coverage now available as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—is untouched.

03/15/2017

AFL-CIO: Representative Steve King and the Racist Origins of 'Right to Work'
"There’s been scant attention paid to how King’s policy agenda reflects his white nationalist views," writes Steve Smith in the AFL-CIO blog Now. “King is the author of the federal bill that would impose a right to work scheme nationally, which would be devastating to our country’s economy and would hit workers, especially people of color, square in the pocketbook."

03/15/2017

Lufthansa Reaches 'Breakthrough' Deal with Pilots Union
The union said the deal would protect pilot jobs at Lufthansa and low-cost division Germanwings, while guaranteeing lower unit costs to the company. The company said it would drop plans to staff 40 planes outside the labor agreement and committed to operate a certain number of planes to offer pilots the opportunity to train for captain's positions.

03/15/2017

Pope Warns of 'Very Grave Sin' When Jobs are Cut Unjustly
Speaking off-the-cuff, Pope Francis added: "Those who for economic reasons or to conclude unclear negotiations, close factories and business ventures and take away jobs, this person is committing a very grave sin."

03/15/2017

Trump's Labor Nominee Picks Up Democratic Vote
Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) will vote for Labor Secretary nominee Alex Acosta, who hails from his home state of Florida, a spokesperson for the senator said Tuesday.

03/14/2017

Proposed Law Could Be a New Attack on Civil Rights
A chilling little bill is working its way through Congress. It could have the effect of ending the class action as an American institution. The legislation, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act, passed the House last week. If it becomes law, it will be one more perverse disservice to the working class who are said to have driven the 2016 election, because the main losers will be ordinary Americans.

03/14/2017

Five Key Findings from the CBO's Healthcare Score
The GOP bill would hit older people and low-income people the hardest, according to the CBO. In an extreme example, the premium for a 64-year-old making $26,500, after factoring in financial assistance, would rise from $1,700 to $14,600 under the GOP plan.

03/14/2017

Worker Safety Rules are Among Those Under Fire in Trump Era
In a sharp break with the past, the department has stopped publicizing fines against companies. As of Monday, seven weeks after the inauguration of President Trump, the department had yet to post a single news release about an enforcement fine.

03/14/2017

GOP Health Law Insures Fewer People, Nonpartisan Review Shows
The House Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would cause 24 million people to lose health insurance within a decade, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Monday. Republicans had been bracing for what was almost certain to be a bleak accounting of the legislation’s projected effects.

03/13/2017

Vail: Trump’s New Labor Pick Would be Terrible for Workers
“There are at least two ‘troubling’ episodes in Acosta’s Department of Justice career, says Saru Jayaraman, co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United. “First, Acosta is on record supporting efforts to restrict voting rights for African Americans in Ohio in 2004."

03/13/2017

New Labor Nominee: Fair Leader or Self-Serving One?
In 2008, three years after R. Alexander Acosta had decamped from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division for the United States attorney’s post in South Florida, the Justice Department’s in-house investigator laid out a damning conclusion: Under Acosta’s watch, his office had repeatedly violated federal law and department policies by weighing political affiliations in hiring and assessing civil rights employees.

03/13/2017

Trump Supporters in the Heartland Fear Being Left Behind by GOP Health Plan
Janice Phelps, a 60-year-old disabled factory worker in Evansville, Indiana, knows how expensive healthcare is. The largest public health programs in America – Medicaid and Medicare, which aid the poor and the elderly – paid for nearly all of it. Yet those programs are now threatened by the men she voted for: Donald Trump and former Indiana governor Mike Pence.

03/12/2017

Hearing for Trump's Labor Nominee Rescheduled
Acosta will appear before the committee at 9 a.m. on March 22. The committee was originally scheduled to hold the confirmation hearing on March 15.

03/12/2017

Forced to Defend Healthcare Plan, Lawmakers Face 'Supercharged Resistance'
Republican congressmen Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter, both of California, faced large, angry crowds at town hall meetings on Saturday, offering a preview of what awaits GOP lawmakers if they continue their efforts to ram through a widely unpopular healthcare reform law.

03/12/2017

Clawson: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces? Not Under Republican Rule.
"President Obama instituted the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule to make it harder for companies with egregious labor law violations to get government contracts," writes Laura Clawson in The Daily Kos. "You can guess what’s happening now, right? Republicans don’t think labor laws should count as laws and they certainly don’t think breaking those laws should get in the way of a company’s profits, so they’re killing that worker protection."

03/11/2017

House GOP Health Bill Would Cut Women’s Services
Women seeking abortions and some basic health services, including prenatal care, contraception and cancer screenings, would face restrictions and struggle to pay for some of that medical care under the House Republicans’ proposed bill.

03/10/2017

Republican Health Plan Would Delay, Not Repeal, ‘Cadillac Tax’
For more than seven years, Republicans have complained about the so-called Cadillac tax on the most expensive job-based health-insurance plans. But their health-care legislation—which abolishes the rest of the 2010 health law’s major tax increases—doesn’t repeal the tax. Instead, they propose to postpone the tax’s start date from 2020 to 2025, a concession to Senate rules that create an incentive to keep tax increases lurking in the middle distance.

03/10/2017

NY State Reaches Pay Settlement with Owners of 10 Domino's
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday that the settlement reached with three franchisees totals $480,000 in restitution to hundreds of workers at Domino's stores in Manhattan, Westchester, Nassau County and Montgomery County in the Mohawk Valley.

03/10/2017

Carpenter: GOP’s Health-Care Plan Could Strip Addiction, Mental-Health Coverage from 1.3 Million
“Shortly before the election, Donald Trump gave a speech in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, an area ravaged by opioid overdoses,” writes Zoe Carpenter in The Nation. “Trump promised the crowd he’d ‘help all of those people so seriously addicted get the assistance they need to unchain themselves.’

03/10/2017

Puzder Blames Democrats for Collapse of His Labor Secretary Nomination
Southern California fast-food executive Andy Puzder on Thursday blamed Democrats for the collapse of his nomination to be Labor secretary, even though he admitted he withdrew after being informed there was not enough support among Senate Republicans to confirm him.

03/10/2017

EPI: An Improving Economy Led to Rising Wages for Most in 2016, but Overall Inequality Persists
In The State of American Wages: 2016, EPI Senior Economist Elise Gould finds that an improving economy in 2016 brought broad-based wage growth for most workers. Notably, wages at the bottom rose more in states that raised their minimum wages.

03/10/2017

Steady US Job Growth Sets Stage for Fed to Raise Interest Rates
The official jobless rate fell to 4.7 percent, from 4.8 percent in January, while average hourly earnings grew by 0.2 percent in a report that overlaps with President Trump’s first full month in office.

03/10/2017

Myanmar Factory Used by Apax Company Employed Child Labor
Apax Partners, one of Europe’s largest private-equity firms, is facing questions from its investors after a company it owns, German retailer Takko Holding GmbH, was found to have used a garment factory in Myanmar that employed underage workers.

03/09/2017

GOP Health-Care Plan: Two House Panels Approve Legislation
Two key House committees have approved a Republican proposal to revise the Affordable Care Act, giving the bill its first victories amid a backlash that both Republican leaders and President Trump are trying to tamp down.

03/09/2017

Devastation Ahead Under GOP Obamacare Repeal, California’s Insurance Chief Says
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones blasted House Republicans’ proposed bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, saying it would deal a devastating blow to the state’s health insurance marketplace and potentially leave 5 million Californians without health coverage.

03/09/2017


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