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June 21, 2018
Financial Secretary Doreen Howard
Updated On: Mar 29, 2018

Here is an interesting article from Solidarity Magazine

The Republican-controlled Congress and the Trump administration are pursuing an aggressive agenda aimed at curtailing workers’ rights by gutting rules and regulations that they claim are unnecessary and make life more difficult for Americans. The truth is that these rules and regulations protected us from hazards on the job, gave hope to workers who were trying to form their own union, strengthened unions, and boosted the paychecks of millions of workers who work overtime, and eliminating them is a loss to all working men and women.  
So far, they have:
Dismissed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) record-keeping rules so employers are no longer obligated
to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injury and illness data for a reasonable amount of time.
Delayed effective dates of OSHA’s new beryllium standard and the enforcement of OSHA’s silica standard.
Slashed the Department of Labor’s (DOL) budget, eliminating worker safety and health training programs.
It also stands ready to eliminate a rule set by the Obama administration that allowed more workers to be paid overtime by raising the salary level for overtime eligibility from $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to $913 per week ($47,476 annually). The new overtime rule made millions of Americans eligible for additional pay, including thousands of UAW members who work in our colleges and universities.
President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has a long history of ruling against workers in cases regarding wages and health and safety. The Supreme Court is set to hear a case that could seriously weaken public sector unions and Justice Gorsuch could be the one who swings the decision against labor unions. With President Trump in office and a Republican majority in Congress, they are filling appellate judicial seats they held open during President Barack Obama’s final two years in office with conservative judges who will have life tenure. This will no doubt be detrimental to labor laws, this union, and working men and women who are trying to make ends meet.
Trump also appointed William Emanuel and Marvin Kaplan to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Both are pro-corporate and have worked against workers’ interests in the past.
In the last few years, we have seen Republican legislatures in Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin pass so-called “right-to-work” (RTW) laws over strong grassroots opposition. RTW laws make it illegal for workers to bargain for union security in their collective bargaining agreements. The intent is to weaken unions financially so they are a less effective counterweight to corporate power in the workplace and the political system.


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