The president just repealed an Obama executive order to prevent bad employers from getting federal contracts. Next up? The rest of Obama’s labor rules.
Republicans may not be adept at health-care legislation, but they are proving themselves immensely skilled at dismantling labor protections. Using the Congressional Review Act, an obscure legislative tactic that allows Congress to repeal recently enacted regulations with a simple majority and could forbid future administrations from promulgating similar rules, Republicans are rapidly unraveling a series of President Obama’s pro-worker rules that enraged powerful business associations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
President Donald Trump is more than willing to facilitate the destruction of his predecessor’s legacy of worker protections. On Monday, behind closed doors and without his typical fanfare, Trump signed Congress’s repeal of Obama’s Fair Pay, Safe Workplaces executive order that would have mandated that companies with substantial federal contracts be required to disclose past violations of federal labor laws—such as wage and hour laws and workplace safety standards.
“President Trump had a choice today to either back the rights of workers employed by federal contractors to safe and fair workplaces, or to side with corporations that steal workers’ wages and cut corners on safety,” said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, in a statement. By repealing the rule, “Mr. Trump cast his vote for big business.”
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