To GOP Cheers, Trump Dumps Fair Play and Safe Workplaces Rule

Mark Gruenberg

Mark Gruenberg Editor, Press Associates Union News

To Republican cheers, GOP President Donald Trump signed legislation on March 27 dumping the Obama administration’s Fair Play and Safe Workplaces rule, for good.

His decision leaves federal contractors free to disobey labor laws, job safety laws and even paying their taxes without the fear of having the feds yank their business away.

Elimination of the rule is important since the federal government annually awards billions of dollars in contracts, and past studies show many such pacts went to labor law-breakers and/or corporate tax evaders. One recent study, by Demos, showed 40 percent of federal contractors broke labor or job safety laws.

“Every worker deserves strong protections on the job,” said Teamsters President Jim Hoffa. “The Fair Play and Safe Workplaces Executive Order” – which the Labor Department’s rules implemented – “not only protected workers at federal contractors but ensured our tax dollars were not going to be given to companies that violate labor law.”

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California Protects Precariat Workers

From the AFL-CIO

In a historic win for California’s workers, the California Legislature approved a bill Sept. 13 that makes the misclassification of employees as independent contractors more difficult.

Sponsored by the California Labor Federation, Assembly Bill 5 codifies and expands on a 2018 California Supreme Court decision.

The bill also will help curb the rampant exploitation of workers by unscrupulous employers and give California’s working people the basic rights and protections we all deserve. Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign the bill into law.

 “The time is up for unscrupulous employers who claim their workers are ‘independent’ in order to cut corners on costs,”  California Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez said about A.B. 5

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