Trump & Labor

The Trump Administration has:

Appointed as Secretary of Labor, Eugene Scalia, an attorney with a history of opposing rights for disabled workers, defending corporations against financial oversight and labor regulation, and contesting measures to increase worker safety.

Worker Protections Lost 

Safety

  • Rolled back the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule that prevented awarding taxpayer dollars to contractors who violate basic labor and employment laws.
  • Encouraged employers to report workers who refuse to return to their jobs because they fear contracting COVID-19.
  • Removed an OSHA policy that permitted workers to participate in OSHA inspections.
  • Targeted job safety rules for toxic chemicals, mine examinations, and child labor protections for destruction.
  • Undermined the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which has added to a record low in the number of workplace safety inspectors.
  • Rolled back a rule that required employers to keep accurate records of workplace injuries and illnesses.
  • Delayed a rule requiring employers to submit injury and illness records electronically to OSHA.
  • Delayed a rule protecting workers from exposure to harmful silica dust.
  • Rolled back protections for workers exposed to beryllium which can lead to severe lung disease, including cancer.
  • Proposed to weaken protections for farmworkers from harmful effects of pesticide exposure.

Wages

  • Eliminated overtime pay for 8.2 million workers and scuttled an Obama era plan to extend overtime protection to more workers.
  • Denied workers their rights by weakening the National Labor Relations Board’s ability to hold employers accountable for misclassifying “independent contractors.”
  • Enacted a ‘Joint Employer Final Rule’ that exposes more workers to wage theft.
  • Proposed to roll back an SEC rule that requires disclosure of CEO-to-employee pay ratios.
  • Proposed making it legal for employers to take workers’ hard-earned tips.
  • Put on hold the EEO-1 pay data rule from the Obama era that intended to identify and fix pay disparities in America’s workplaces.
  • Created a program that lets employers report their own violations of federal wage laws and thus avoid penalties by finally paying workers the money they’re owed.
  • Passed a tax reform bill that motivated companies to send jobs overseas. According to the AFL-CIO in Trump’s first year in office 93,000 jobs were outsourced.

Retirement

  • Delayed a rule that protects retirement savers by requiring financial advisers to provide advice untainted by conflicts of interest.
  • Rolled back rules that made it easier for workers to save for retirement.

Right to Organize & Unionize Lost

  • Permitted employers to fire workers in retaliation for union activity.
  • Undermined collective bargaining and the right to strike.
  • Rolled back rules to modify and streamline union elections that enable workers to bargain together for better wages and working conditions.
  • Enabled employers to more easily stop workers from forming a union by changing the standard for an “appropriate” bargaining unit.
  • Issued executive orders to curb federal unions’ ability to represent their members—including evicting unions from their government offices.
  • Supported the “Janus Decision” which imposed a “right-to-work” regime on public sector unions. Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were the deciding votes.
  • Sought to weaken the National Labor Relations Act which empowers private-sector workers to organize, form unions, and engage in concerted action.
  • Rolled back a transparency rule that ensured workers would know about employers’ use of anti-union consultants during a union election.

What Can You Do?

Know your worker rights

Learn about worker rights laws

Join a union

Sign the petition for Congress to pass the Heroes Act

Read Labor in the Time of Trump

Bibliography

Unprecedented. The Trump NLRB’s Attack on Workers’ Rights

Trump’s Assault on Labor

https://jacobinmag.com/2019/10/donald-trump-labor-unions-workers

President Trump’s Anti-Worker Agenda

Workers are Asking: What About Us?

https://ohsonline.com/articles/2020/01/22/workers-are-feeling-betrayed-by-the-trump-administration.aspx?m=2

Trump betrays promise to protect, fight for workers

10 Things Trump has Done to Hurt Labor

https://ucommblog.com/section/national-politics/10-things-trump-has-done-hurt-labor

Trump has turned the Department of Labor into the Department of Employer Rights

https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-07-22/trump-attack-on-labor

Trump’s Labor Secretary Encourages Employers to Report Workers Who Fear Contracting COVID-19

https://cwa-union.org/news/trumps-labor-secretary-encourages-employers-report-workers-who-fear-contracting-covid-19

Trump Labor Rule Undermines Employment Service

https://www.afscme.org/blog/trump-labor-rule-undermines-employment-service

It’s Labor Day weekend: Here’s what Trump has done for workers

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/its-labor-day-weekend-heres-what-trump-has-done-for-workers-2019-08-30

Trump’s Labor Secretary Nominee Delights in Destroying Rights for Disabled Workers

Can Workers Still Use the National Labor Relations Board under Trump?

https://www.labornotes.org/2020/01/can-workers-still-use-national-labor-relations-board-under-trump

Trump’s Labor Department Walks Away From Wage Theft

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/505225-trumps-labor-department-walks-away-from-wage-theft

Trump Administration Says It Can Hire, Fire Labor Panel at Will

https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/trump-administration-says-it-can-hire-fire-labor-panel-at-will

Labor in the Time of Trump

Trump Taking Us Back in Time on Labor Rights

Trump administration rolls back labor protections

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