Dreaming of Acosta Being Kicked Upstairs?

OK, it’s the weekend, so we can kick back and gossip and spread rumors.  If you read last Monday’s Punching In by Bloomberg Law crack reporters Benn Penn and Chris Opfer, you know that there are some management attorneys who are less than enamored of Alex Acosta’s less-than-stellar deregulatory accomplishments and wish President Trump would…

Game Time: Which One of These Is Different From the Others?

These are some of the members of the US Department of Labor Hall of Honor. Which of these is different from all of the other ones? Why? Explain your answer. Edward (Ted) M. Kennedy The Chinese Railroad Workers Esther Peterson Bayard Rustin Dolores Huerta Tony Mazzocchi The Workers of the Memphis Sanitation Strike 911 Rescue…

Reagan to be Inducted into Labor Hall of Honor (sic) Thursday. Be There!

Following today’s attempt in the Supreme Court to kill public employee unions, the Department of Labor will top off “Kill the Labor Movement Week” by dishonoring American labor with the official induction of Ronald Reagan into the Labor Hall of Honor this Thursday at 1:00 p.m. EST. I’ve already written about Ronald Reagan’s Workplace Safety Legacy,…

OSHA Is Bleeding: Shrinking Government and Killing Workers

Washington Post reporters Lisa Rein and Andrew Ba Trim published an excellent front page article today chronicling Donald Trump’s largely successful effort to shrink the federal government: “By the end of September, all Cabinet departments except Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Interior had fewer permanent staff than when Trump took office in January — with…

Houston, We Have A Fox-Chicken Problem…

While the new headlines are all about Hurricanes, health care, North Korea and tax “reform,” chickens around the country are getting more and more nervous as the foxes quietly move into the government agencies that are supposed to be protecting them. Over at the Labor Department, Justin Miller in the American Prospect writes about how…

As Mining Deaths Rise, MSHA Gets Acting Head — With No Mine Safety Experience

MSHA has joined OSHA with a new Deputy Assistant Secretary as the agency’s highest official until an Assistant Secretary is nominated and confirmed by the Senate. Wayne Palmer, Labor Secretary Acosta’s Chief of Staff since the end of May, was appointed acting assistant secretary for mine safety and health. The United Mine Workers union isn’t so…