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    From Economic Policy Institute email, Repugs enabling Capital to screw Labor

    "Once again, the Trump administration is hard at work, trying to find new ways to undermine the rights and workplace protections of employees that have taken a century to build.

    Just months after seeking to weaken workers’ ability to organize and collectively bargain as a union,

    the Trump administration is continuing its assault on working people by proposing a Department of Labor rule that would

    let America’s largest companies dodge their responsibility for violations of workforce laws and protections—including minimum wage, overtime and child labor laws.

    Both this potential Labor Department rule change and last fall’s effort to weaken unions before the National Labor Relations Board seek to weaken the joint employer standard and

    make it harder for workers whose rights are violated to access justice.

    The goal: to let big businesses off the hook when contracting firms and franchisees violate the law."


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    The Postal Service Wants To Make Deep Cuts To Worker Benefits, Internal Plan Shows

    The agency hopes to get Congress’ help in trimming pensions and paid leave, as well as slashing delivery service.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-postal-service-wants-to-make-deep-cuts-to-worker-benefits-internal-plan-shows_n_5d092020e4b0e560b70a12d4?ncid=newsltushpmg news__TheMorningEmail__061919

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    For mothers, parental leave is a penalty whether they take it or not


    On the flip side, if more parents took time off, a mother’s earnings would increase by about 7% for each additional month her spouse or partner takes off work.

    In the U.S., only 14% of the men who have access to parental leave take more than two weeks after the birth or adoption of a child, according to a study by Ball State University.
    Why aren’t fathers taking paternity leave? They don’t want to suffer the motherhood penalty.
    A Deloitte survey found that 57% of men say taking paternity leave would be perceived as a lack of commitment to their careers—a penalty all too familiar to mothers who also do paid work.

    https://www.fastcompany.com/90363981/for-mothers-parental-leave-is-a-penalty-whether-they-take-it-or-not?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=webfeeds

    Capitalists / BigCorp wants Labor / workers to commit to their jobs, but won't commit to the workers.



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    Oligarchy s Repug Congress makes minimum wage history, going the longest without an increase since 1938

    The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009.

    That’s coming up on a decade, but it’s already hit an infuriating milestone:

    June 16 marked the longest the minimum wage had gone without an increase since

    1938, when the U.S. passed its first minimum wage.

    Because Republicans are happy to have the minimum wage be a poverty wage—

    and it is a wage so low that a full-time job is not enough to pull a family of two above the poverty threshold.


    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/201...detail=emailLL

    ==============

    Characteristics of minimum wage workers, 2018

    I
    n 2018, 81.9 million workers age 16 and older in the United States were paid at hourly rates,

    representing 58.5 percent of all wage and salary workers.

    Among those paid by the hour, 434,000 workers earned exactly the prevailing federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

    About 1.3 million had wages below the federal minimum.

    Together, these 1.7 million workers with wages at or below the federal minimum made up 2.1 percent of all hourly paid workers.


    https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/min.../2018/home.htm

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    Another battle won by Capital in its decades long war on Labor

    Appeals Court Delivers 'Tremendous Blow to Federal Workers' With Decision to Uphold Trump's Anti-Union Executive Orders

    "There must be a check on the president's power to destroy federal employees' union rights."

    The U.S. Court of Appeals in the D.C. Circuit said that it lacked jurisdiction to block
    Trump's orders, which made it

    easier to fire federal employees,

    limited the amount of time workers can spend on union business, and

    compelled federal agencies to devise unfavorable contracts with unions.

    the appeals court ruled only that it did not have jurisdiction to rule on the orders, not on the merits of Trump's actions.

    while the court advised the unions to appeal to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, Reins noted on Twitter that

    "agency's ruling[s] have been uniformally anti-union thus far under Trump." duh of course

    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/16/appeals-court-delivers-tremendous-blow-federal-workers-decision-uphold-trumps-anti?cd-origin=rss








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    shitbag Paxton and shitbag Repugs in shithole TX side with Capital over Labor

    Texas AG intervenes in lawsuit against San Antonio's paid sick leave ordinance

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is siding in court with businesses that have sued the city of San Antonio to stop its paid sick leave ordinance from going into effect, saying such a law can only be enacted by the Texas Legislature.

    The lawsuit against the San Antonio ordinance was filed by 12 businesses and business organizations in the city this week.

    https://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/news/2019/07/19/texas-ag-intervenes-in-lawsuit-against-san.html?ana=e_sant_bn_breakingnews&j=&mkt_tok=eyJ pIjoiWmpaaFpXVTNNMlJrTmpFNSIsInQiOiJTOGw3VVNYQUplQ mx6NkRyb0VzY2g3S1dMOFNEOFQyaFVGb2N5ZkI2SGJ6NG9qb3h DeVJoTUw0UTJTQktOVW9WY3VYa3hnRHYzd0lOblViSDFwN0NtN FFZMzdaT1ZFOHkrdjRRVGJtUmRqdmNTWlFzM3hLUEY5T05VTmV pdG9wZnE0TnpDZXBGcE9McjE3a3lWZlUycWc9PSJ9



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    Shitbag Paxton, to Capital, doing shitty stuff to Labor in pro-business/anti-worker shithole TX

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton challenges Dallas sick leave ordinance as supporters rally

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has joined two Dallas-area employers in a lawsuit challenging the city’s new ordinance requiring paid sick leave.

    The new law went into effect on Aug. 1. It requires employers in the city of Dallas and those based outside the city limits who have Dallas employees working more than 80 hours in the city each year to give sick employees paid time off.

    Those employees can accrue an hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. It’s capped at six days for employers with less than 15 workers or eight days for those with more than 15.


    Employers who don’t comply can face fines up to $5,000 for each violation.

    Paxton supports them and explained

    the Texas Legislature is solely responsible for setting the minimum amount of compensation for workers.

    He believes Dallas’ ordinance unlawfully attempts to usurp voters.

    “Not only would this ordinance harm the ability of Texans to find and keep jobs,

    it is a blatant attempt to silence the millions of other voters

    throughout our State who disagree with

    the agenda of urban elites,

    even after the courts have made it clear they cannot do so,”

    http://www.fox4news.com/news/texas-attorney-general-ken-paxton-challenges-dallas-sick-leave-ordinance-as-supporters-rally

    Paxton knows his ignorant, rural base and knows how to screw them on behalf of business. It's the Repug Way.




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    Trump’s awful Labor Day trifecta: Attacking workers, Social Security — and government itself

    his administration is in the midst of a stealth effort that

    not only attacks workers but also our earned Social Security benefits and our federal government.

    The long-term goals of Trump and his Congressional allies are to

    destroy the labor movement,

    wreck the federal government, and

    end Social Security.


    Trump’s latest stealth attack is not only anti-union,

    it will eventually make it so difficult to access Social Security benefits

    that some beneficiaries (particularly those attempting to qualify for their earned Social Security disability benefits) never receive them at all.

    Others will eventually claim their benefits, but only after an unnecessarily burdensome process

    For Republicans, that’s all according to plan. Trump and his Congressional allies are

    intentionally breaking our government so they can turn around and say that it doesn’t work.

    Trump’s war on workers is extremely well documented.

    It is perhaps best illustrated by his anti-worker nominees to be Secretary of Labor

    The first nominee was guilty of scores of labor law violations and forced to pay millions of dollars in settlements to workers he cheated.

    Trump’s second anti-worker nominee was Alex Acosta, best known for his sweetheart deal with the billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

    His current acting Secretary of Labor ... has spent his career defending businesses seeking to roll back labor protections.

    Trump’s war on the federal government is also well-documented.

    His administration is upending the lives of career civil servants by telling those based in Washington to move to the Midwest and those based around the country to relocate to Washington.

    This is having the desired effect: Most are quitting.

    . He recently floated a proposal to reduce Social Security’s funding.

    he gloated over his intentions to cut Medicare as a “fun second-term project.”

    Trump ran on a promise to protect Social Security and Medicare. LIE!

    doesn’t have anything to do with the debt or deficit.

    It has everything to do with the donor class trying to avoid paying their fair share toward the common good.

    One of their most nefarious tactics is undercutting the Social Security Administration (SSA),

    SSA has suffered nearly a decade of budget cuts from Congressional Republicans. These cuts have resulted in office closures, staff reductions, and a years-long wait for disability hearings.

    the Trump Administration is playing hardball. It has issued anti-worker executive orders. It has failed to negotiate in good faith with those representing federal workers.

    the Trump Administration is playing hardball. It has issued anti-worker executive orders.

    It has failed to negotiate in good faith with those representing federal workers.

    The Trump Administration’s goal is to make conditions at SSA so intolerable that demoralized workers will quit in droves,

    taking essential institutional knowledge with them.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/tru..._campaign=1316

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    Amazon-Owned Whole Foods Slashes Health Care Benefits for Part-Time Workers

    Amazon-owned Whole Foods is slashing benefits for 1,900 part-time workers at the start of 2020, with staff working 20 hours a week told the bar to buy into the company health care plan will now be set at 30 hours a week

    In a truly headache inducing statement to the site, a Whole Foods spokesperson referred to the change as an attempt to make its “scheduling model” more “equitable and efficient”:

    “I am in shock,” one Whole Foods worker told BI. “I’ve worked here 15 years. This is why I keep the job — because of my benefits.”

    Bezos
    signed a Business Roundtable pledge which (loosely) committed signatories to “deliver value to all” stakeholders,

    not just shareholders,

    including by “investing in our employees” and

    “compensating them fairly and providing important benefits.”

    “They already took our profit sharing.

    Now they’re coming for our healthcare.”

    the workers noted that profit sharing for non-management or home office positions for employees over 6,000 hours was eliminated under Amazon ownership.

    https://gizmodo.com/amazon-owned-whole-foods-slashes-health-care-benefits-f-1838121898

    Probably a warning to employees trying to organize a union either to STFU or GTFO.



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    Aiming To Curtail Temp Rights, Labor Board Stands Accused Of Conflicts

    Under the Trump administration, the National Labor Relations Board has been trying to roll back an Obama-era decision that made companies more responsible for temporary staffers, fast-food-franchise workers and others who work for them indirectly.

    The first attempt was
    foiled in early 2018 when a Trump appointee to the board was found to have a conflict of interest. duh

    as the NLRB tries to undo the rule for a second time,

    it’s facing questions from two Democratic representatives about another potential conflict of interest —

    and this one involves the NLRB’s own use of temporary staffers.

    In May, the labor board engaged a company called Ardelle Associates to supply lawyers and paralegals to help review public comments on the proposed overhaul of

    the provision in question, which is known as the “joint-employer rule.”

    Among those who submitted comments advocating a reversal of the Obama-era rule are two trade associations that Ardelle belongs to and uses to recruit temps, according to contracting records.

    In their comments to the NLRB supporting the rule change,

    the trade associations asserted that companies have grown more reluctant to hire temporary employees

    because the rule has left them uncertain of their labor law obligations.


    In essence,

    the NLRB hired temps whose bosses have a stake in the outcome

    to review and potentially summarize the public comments.


    https://www.nationalmemo.com/aiming-to-curtail-temp-rights-labor-board-stands-accused-of-conflicts/?cn-reloaded=1

    Capital will NEVER stop ing Labor hard and deep

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    The Trump Labor Board Is Outlawing Grad Student Worker Unions

    On Monday, the National Labor Relations Board will issue a ruling that will make it impossible for graduate student workers to unionize.

    This, as with almost everything the Trump NLRB has done, is bad.

    The labor board is issuing

    a regulation “establishing that students

    who perform any services for compensation, including, but not limited to, teaching or research, at a private college or university in connection with their studies

    are not ‘employees’” under the National Labor Relations Act.

    This will overturn an Obama-era ruling

    that affirmed that grad student workers could, in fact, unionize.

    https://splinternews.com/the-trump-l...ker-1838285248


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    Trash taking care of the working/hourly employees who voted for him

    Trump Labor Department’s New Overtime Pay Rule Leaves Behind Millions of Workers

    Department of Labor
    announced Tuesday a final rule on overtime pay to replace a bolder Obama-era proposal blocked by a federal court in Texas.

    “While the administration may be trumpeting this rule as a good thing for workers, that is a ruse,” aka LIE

    “In reality, the rule leaves behind millions of workers who would have received overtime protections under the much stronger rule, published in 2016, that Trump administration abandoned.”

    roughly 8.2 million workers who would have benefited from the 2016 rule will be left behind by the Trump administration’s rule.

    This 8.2 million is made up of 3.2 million workers who would have gotten new overtime protections under the 2016 rule and won’t get them under the Trump rule, and

    5.0 million who would have gotten strengthened overtime protections under the 2016 rule and won’t get them under the Trump rule.

    Additionally, unlike the 2016 rule,

    the Trump administration’s version does not automatically update, meaning workers’ annual losses will grow over time.


    “This is a disaster for those 8 million workers, and further undermines worker power and protections, which ultimately hurts everyone,”

    “With this rule, the Trump administration continues to undermine the economic security of working families,

    forgoing overtime protections for millions of workers who were covered by the Obama administration’s rule,”

    “The white-collar overtime salary level has become so out-of-date, that people are working long hours away from their families, without needed overtime pay, losing out on time and money.”

    “by weakening the overtime rule, President Trump is literally taking money from the pockets of workers to please corporate interests.”

    “No one should be fooled

    “It is not a pro-worker regulation, but rather, another gift to corporate America —

    one that will allow it to continue to require far too many workers in this country

    to work in excess of 40 hours per week without any additional compensation for doing so.”

    once again, President Trump has sided with the interests of corporate executives over those of working people,”

    https://truthout.org/articles/trump-labor-departments-new-overtime-pay-rule-leaves-behind-millions-of-workers/



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    “We all face the same thing:” GM strikers in Flint defend Mexican workers fired for making international appeal

    The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke to pickets in Flint, Michigan, over the weekend, as the nationwide strike at GM approached its second week.

    Flint, the site of the historic sit-down strike in 1936–1937, is one of the main centers of the GM strike today. Hundred of workers manned Saturday’s picket lines at Flint Truck Assembly Complex and a distribution facility in nearby Burton. Among their numbers were not only GM workers, but Ford and Chrysler workers, as well as teachers, postal workers and people active in the fight for clean water in the city, an indication of the broad support for the strike in the working class.

    Autoworkers on the picket line explained to the Autoworker Newsletterthe international dimensions of their struggle. There is “no such thing” as a vehicle produced in one country anymore, Dan, a Flint Truck worker, said. “We get parts from Mexico, China and all over the world. With those parts we build the trucks.”

    Dan denounced the firing of GM workers in Silao, Mexico, after they made an appeal for support from American workers. “We make the same truck as they do in Silao, and I think their wages must be very low. I heard about them refusing to increase their production when we went on strike. And now they’re fired? That’s not right.

    “I want to thank those workers for their stand and we defend them. It’s a global economy. So I think we need a global strike. We all face the same thing. We’re fighting to get everything back GM took from us.”

    James, a worker from GM’s CCA (Customer Care and Aftersales) distribution center in Burton, said: “We are a distribution facility. We repackage parts for the after-sale market. We handle parts that are made in China, Mexico, Serbia, Italy and all over. And then I guess they’re shipped out all over the world again—to dealerships, car owners and wherever.

    “I have no problem supporting Canadian or Mexican workers, we should stand behind them. The Democrats and Republicans claim that these people will have fair rights and wages when that’s not the truth. We’re in a global economy now, we can’t fight in one country. But with the UAW, [they try to create] separation between the Canadian, Mexican & American workers.”

    Once the center of GM’s manufacturing empire, Flint has been devastated by decades of plant closures and layoffs. Auto employment has fallen in the city from 80,000 workers forty years ago to little more than 6,000 today. The total population of the city has also declined from 196,000 to 96,000. More than ten percent of the urban landscape consists of empty, contaminated lots marking where auto plants once employed thousands of people.

    The conditions in Flint are an indictment of the United Auto Workers. Beginning in the 1980s, the union collaborated with the companies in plant closures and layoffs. It was rewarded through the transfer of billions of dollars into the pockets of the union bureaucracy through the establishment of the UAW-GM Training Center in Detroit and other schemes.

    Former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell, who pled guilty over the summer for using training center funds to pay for lavish meals and luxury vacations, began as a local UAW official in Flint, where he was reportedly a political “kingmaker.” In 2014 Jewell and the UAW supported the scheme which lead to poisoning of Flint’s water supply as a “cost-saving measure.”

    General Motors opened the Burton facility, a $65 million, state-of-the-art warehouse encompassing 25 acres, less than two months ago. The company’s expenses were partially offset by a 50 percent, 12-year tax abatement agreed to by local Democrats, a deal potentially worth millions.

    The facility is a model for the “Amazonization” of the entire industry which GM is attempting to impose—a low-wage, highly exploited workforce. Two hundred of the 800 total workers are temps, who earn lower wages and fewer benefits than full-time workers. GM’s ultimate aim is to convert 50 percent of its hourly workforce into temps, according to a former GM executive speaking in 2017.

    Temp workers at the site have been working a mandatory seven days a week, ten hours a day. They get only one twenty-minute break and a thirty-minute lunch. This is little better than in Mexico, where assembly workers labor for 12 hours a day—demonstrating the convergence of working conditions across national borders.

    For full-timers, the situation is little better—they work for ten hours each day, six days a week. Prior to the strike, union officials pleaded with workers on Facebook to attend the local union meeting. One worker’s reply summed up the feeling of many, who said: “I’m not coming to the union meeting, because I need to re-introduce myself to my family.”

    Full-time workers who spoke to the Autoworker Newsletter expressed enormous sympathy for the temporary workers. “I came from the old CCA plant and have been working with GM for 9 years,” said one second-tier worker. “It’s time we stand up against these powers. I started at $14 an hour during the recession, and I’ve been through three contracts [since then]. We were told $29 an hour from the media instead of what’s on the back end of the contract. They hold a signing bonus in front of workers as a victory [for second-tier workers], then possibly tier 1 health care. That’s good, but what did we lose in the back end of that? Now, we don’t have the right for temps to be hired in.”

    Jessica, another full-time worker from the plant, told the Autoworker Newsletter, “My group was one that took 8 years to get to $18 an hour. I have co-workers filing for bankruptcy, who qualify for state assistance. The janitorial department’s wages top out at $17-18 per hour, with very little benefits. There are some serious problems. I hired in at Delphi in 2006 when starting pay was around $15. We got raises up to a little over $16 an hour and then took a pay cut to $14 [when transferring] into GM.”

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/201.../flin-s24.html

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    GM Yanks Health Care from Striking Workers

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    The Trump Administration Wants Restaurant Servers To Do More Work For Less Pay

    The Labor Department acknowledges in an analysis that its new proposal on tipped workers might accomplish just that.



    The Trump administration is trying once again to tweak the rules that govern how tipped workers are paid. This time, their proposal would probably result in servers doing more nontipped work and at a lower pay rate than previously required.

    includes a separate recommendation that has angered worker advocates: the elimination of the “80-20 rule.”

    recent Trump appointee Secretary Eugene Scalia, wants to get rid of that explicit 20% time limit. Instead, the rule would simply require that the nontipped work be done “contemporaneously” or “within a reasonable time immediately before or after” the tipped work. So long as an employer met that vague criteria, there would be no precise cap on the nontipped work if the administration’s proposal becomes final.

    For those who support strong workplace regulations, the language of the proposed rule is far too squishy and could lead to abuse.

    “Unfortunately, today, DOL is proposing regulations that make it perfectly legal for employers to take advantage of tipped workers,”

    The 80-20 rule is just the sort of regulation that employer groups and the Trump administration would hate,

    since it requires restaurants and other tipped businesses to keep track of the work employees are doing to avoid lawsuits.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/labor...b02c9da03fc583


    iow, the NRAs (National Rifle/Restaurant Associations) pay political quid-pro-quo s to enrich themselves.

    Expect Trash and kakistocracy to screw Labor, environments, etc repeatedly for the next 12 months as it panhandles for campaign donations from Capital.



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