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Federal Issues that Affect Carpenters

There are issues that directly affect the future and well-being of organized labor. The SECRC will never tell you how to vote, but we will make sure you have as much information as possible to make an informed decision. Because an informed carpenter is an informed voter. 

Check back here often. We will put the latest headlines at the top of this list…

The USDOL is on track to limit the number of workers eligible for minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  They have proposed a rule that will make it easier for employers to classify employees as independent contractors.  It's a startling document, because it ignores the intent of the FLSA and court precedent. The intent is not so much to clarify the Act as it is to favor the use of independent contractors. Here is a link to the rule: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/09/25/2020-21018/independent-contractor-status-under-the-fair-labor-standards-act. The UBC and affiliates are filing substantive comments opposing the rule.  We need our state attorneys general friends to do the same.  Please contact Democratic attorneys general in your states and urge them to file comments.

AFL-CIO Sues Trump Administration Over Union Elections Rule: (Bloomberg Law) The world’s largest labor group is suing to try to block a Trump administration rule likely to make it harder for unions to organize. The AFL-CIO on Friday asked a federal district court in Washington, D.C. to shoot down a new National Labor Relations Board regulation that would revise the union election process. The rule, slated to take effect April 16, is expected to slow down union elections at private workplaces by giving employers more power to oppose the contests on legal grounds before workers go to the ballot box and after the votes are cast. (https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/afl-cio-sues-trump-administration-over-union-elections-rule)

Trump Gives Defense Department Power To Abolish Bargaining For Civilian Unions: (Huffington Post) President Donald Trump - invoking a national security concern - gave the Defense Department the authority to abolish the collective bargaining rights of its civilian labor unions. Gutting the unions would provide “maximum flexibility,” Trump wrote in a memo published Thursday. Read the whole story from the Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/collective-bargaining-union-trump-defense-department_n_5e4f5f21c5b6b82aa650a857, Here’s the memo from the Oval office: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2020-03578.pdf.

Trump has attacked federal unions. Now, for the first time, he’s trying to bust one: (Washington Post) President Trump is escalating his attacks on federal unions to a new level. For the first time, the Trump administration is seeking to bust a union, the National Association of Immigration Judges, by declaring that its members are managers ineligible for labor organization membership. It’s tantamount to decertification. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-has-attacked-federal-unions-now-for-the-first-time-hes-trying-to-bust-one/2020/01/17/3426d8ea-3971-11ea-a01d-b7cc8ec1a85d_story.html)

Depart of Labor Budget May Take a Big Hit: The 2021 U.S. Government budget directly affects the Department of Labor. The DOL requests 10.5 percent LESS funding than what was granted in 2020 budget. This includes a reduction in the program integrity cap adjustment. Look for yourself. Here’s the DOL’s budget: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BUDGET-2021-BUD/pdf/BUDGET-2021-BUD-17.pdf. and here’s the Budget of the U.S. Government, Fiscal Year 2021 [10 February 2020]: https://www.govinfo.gov/features/budget-fy2021

As Trump Courts Unions, His Apprentice Plan Risks Alienating Them: (Wall Street Journal) Construction workers oppose a strategy the administration is considering to expand apprenticeships to employers and business groups (https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-trump-courts-unions-his-apprentice-plan-risks-alienating-them-11574946001)

Trump administration tells agencies to restrict unions in the workplace: (Washington Post) Federal agencies have been told to carry out Trump administration directives aimed at restricting the role of unions in the federal workplace and giving agencies the maximum discretion in taking disciplinary actions against employees, now that a court ban against many of those policies has been lifted. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-tells-agencies-to-restrict-unions-in-the-workplace/2019/10/07/39a0b3e8-e928-11e9-85c0-85a098e47b37_story.html)