Saturday, April 07, 2018
Trump signs bill that kills Obama-era rule targeting wage theft, unsafe working conditions. (Chicago Tribune)
ME-Publicans win another Pyrrhic victory: evildoers incarnate hate workers and see only objects to be exploited as employees, tenants and customers, throttled by arbitration clauses. The spirit of slavery is alive and well and living in Massa TRUMP's White House. TRUMP's grandfather was a whoremonger and his father was a Klansman. And now DONALD JOHN TRUMP's Homeland Security Department is lobbing blobs. Read on.....
Kimberly KindyWashington Post
President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday that killed an Obama-era worker safety rule that required businesses competing for large federal contracts to disclose and correct serious safety and other labor law violations.
Earlier this month, the Senate voted to eliminate the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule, which applied to contracts valued at $500,000 or more. Votes on the bill in both the House and Senate divided along party lines.
The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces regulation was finalized in August but most of it was never implemented. Within days of it being finalized, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) sued, securing a temporary injunction that prohibited the federal government from implementing it.
In a last-minute effort to fight for the rule earlier this month, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released a staff report that showed that 66 of the federal government's 100 largest contractors have at some point violated federal wage and hour laws. Since 2015, the report says, more than a third of the 100 largest OSHA penalties have been imposed on federal contractors.
Warren criticized the Republican-led effort during a speech on the Senate floor moments before the vote. "Instead of creating jobs or raising wages," she said, "they're trying to make it easier for companies that get big-time, taxpayer-funded government contracts to steal wages from their employees and injure their workers without admitting responsibility."
Hours later, the bill passed. On Monday, just after Trump signed the bill that eliminated the rule, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., praised Trump decision, saying the rule unfairly placed businesses on a "blacklist" and that it "unjustly blocks many businesses accused of violating labor laws from federal contracts."