The Washington Post: Labor Day in 2018


The Washington Post: Labor Day in 2018

Workers build our economy. On Labor Day and every day, we should be celebrating the hard work that Americans in all industries put in on the job—not rolling back their rights in the workplace.

That’s what Sherrod believes. And it’s why he fights for workers day-in and day-out in the Senate. If you’re with him, show your support now:

The Washington Post: Labor Day in Trump’s America

Helaine Olen – September 3, 2018

Key points:

  • President Trump frequently compliments himself on the American employment picture.
  • But here’s one thing Trump almost certainly won’t mention today: His administration is presiding over the biggest decline in worker rights most of us have seen in our lifetimes.
  • Whenever there is a choice to be made, Trump favors the perceived needs of the plutocratic class at the expense of almost anyone who earns a paycheck.
  • Workplace safety is decreasing: The Trump administration is proposing taking apart enhanced safety standards for offshore oil and gas production adopted after the Deepwater Horizon accident, which killed 11 workers.
  • Trump and his administration are also looking into ways to dismantle regulations meant to protect those toiling in the industry from black lung, and they are taking action to make mine safety inspections less rigorous.
  • The Trump administration is in the process of rolling back child labor laws that strictly limit the amount of time anyone under the age of 18 is permitted to perform such dangerous work as roofing, or using chain saws or meat slicers.
  • Obama-era rules meant to encourage pay equity could be scrapped.
  • The Janus decision, which demands public-sector unions ask those they represent for their permission before charging them for such services as negotiating raises, almost certainly decimated the finances of government unions.
  • But business prospers best when workers are prospering, too. Is there a way forward for workers? Of course: Vote.

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