The Senate on Monday reversed an Obama administration rule designed to ensure government contractors disclose violations of federal labor laws as they seek more work.
Senate approval of the measure sends it to President Donald Trump for his signature and marks another success in the GOP’s efforts to quash an array of regulations issued during President Barack Obama’s final months in office.
This time, the Senate voted 49-48 to overturn a rule that required contractors to disclose violations of 14 federal labor laws, including those pertaining to workplace safety, wages and discrimination. Contracting officers would then consider the violations when evaluating bids.
The rule addressed government auditors’ concerns over the years that contracting officers frequently failed to consider violations when awarding contracts because they lacked adequate information.
So… great. They’re allowed to cut corners again, violating labor laws and getting away with it.
There is a detailed report on this stooopidity at the Grauniad, Senate votes to repeal labor protection laws that safeguarded poultry workers (excerpted at poopyhead’s), which points out “Earlier the same day, Trump issued an executive order promising to ‘rigorously evaluate all grounds of inadmissibility or deportability’ with respect to foreign nationals on US soil.”
Combined, the two measures effectively trap immigrants in their jobs without an ability to negotiate or complain: Irritate the robber barons and they’ll sic Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) on you, your family and colleagues. And (as the article points out), don’t try calling Osha directly, since Ice is known to impersonate Osha.