House Workforce Committee Goes Out With a Whimper, Not a Bang

Workforce Committee

The last hearing of the soon-to-be late, great Republican-controlled House Education and Workforce Committee of the 115th Congress was supposed to be held yesterday.    The subject: “Mandating a $15 Minimum Wage: Consequences for Workers and Small Businesses”. (Subtext: How a mandatory minimum wage will doom small businesses and starve their employees.) Unfortunately for Republicans…

What’s in a Name? House Labor Committee Reborn

Labor Committee

In one of the first moves of the soon-to-be Democratic Majority in the House of Representatives, Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott has been elected Chair of the newly christened House Education and Labor Committee. Yes, you read that right: (Re)Introducing the House Education and Labor Committee.  The House Education and Workforce Committee is no more.  What’s in a…

“We mean nothing to no one” — Slaughter In The Trenches

It never stops. Two workers, Juan Baez-Sanchez, 42, and Victoriano Garcia-Perez, 56, both Mexican immigrants, died in the collapse of a 12 foot deep trench outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming last week.  The men, who worked for Mountain West Services, owned by developer Jamie Mackay, were working alone.  The trench may have collapsed hours before…

House Holds Worthless Hearing on “Regulatory Reform”

Sometimes you just have to wonder why House Republicans even bother. Yesterday they wasted the taxpayer’s money holding a ridiculous hearing on“Regulatory Reform: Unleashing Economic Opportunity for Workers and Employers,” —  basically an Obama hate-fest.  You can watch it here if you have an hour and a half of your life that isn’t worth living.…

Tesla’s Recordkeeping Violations Show How Repeal of OSHA’s Volks Rule Hurts Workers

One of the first actions of the Republican Congress after Trump’s election was to repeal OSHA’s recently issued “Volks Rule” that allowed the agency to cite companies for continuing failure to accurately record injuries and illnesses. Now an article by Will Evans at Reveal shows how real workers are suffering because of automaker Tesla’s failure…

House OSHA Hearing: What You Missed and What It Meant. Part 1

In a fiery rebuttal of Republican and employer attacks on OSHA during the Obama administration, former Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels yesterday rejected assertions that OSHA had focused only on confrontation over cooperation, and or that the agency had flouted the law and good safety practice when it came to enforcement, standards and media campaigns.…

Update: OSHA Hearing Witnesses Revealed!

No need to ruin your weekend constantly refreshing your browser, waiting to see who will testify at next Tuesday’s OSHA hearing. Our elected representatives have decided to have mercy on us and reveal the winners: In the Republican corner we have: Mr. Peter Gerstenberger, Tree Care Industry Association, Inc., testifying on behalf of the Tree…