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    Default Trump Stacks Labor Department with Friends of Big Business

    I would hope most people are figuring out Trump is not the friend of labor he ran his campaign on.

    When, amid scandal and scrutiny, the bombastic fast-food CEO Andy Puzder withdrew himself as President Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor back in February, worker advocates—who’d run an aggressive campaign to oppose him—let out a collective sigh of relief. As a vocal opponent of higher minimum wages and stronger labor laws, Puzder seemed the very antithesis of the Department of Labor’s mission of protecting workers.

    Puzder has since moved on, frequenting cable news shows as a Trump booster, and is reportedly writing a book that attacks progressive policies and labor unions. Trump’s second choice, Alex Acosta, a relatively unknown conservative labor lawyer, was seen as a much milder alternative. Since confirmed, even with the fate of several major Obama-era labor regulations in the air, Acosta has maintained a low profile. But all that could soon change. Until now, Trump’s Labor Department staff has been skeletal, the consequence of the administration’s slowness in designating nominees, and the Republican-controlled Senate’s foot-dragging in holding confirmation hearings. But with the Senate now back in session and Trump finally naming nominees to fill out Labor’s roster, the department will likely kick into high gear soon—and once again become a source of anxiety for workers and their advocates.

    If the people Trump has tapped for such key positions as overseeing mining safety, enforcing wage-and-hour laws, and guiding the department’s regulatory policy are any indication, the department will enthusiastically embrace industry priorities. Despite Trump’s campaign rhetoric that promised to bring a voice for workers into the White House, he is filling the DOL with lobbyists, anti-union activists, industry executives, and management-side lawyers who appear hell bent on erasing the work of Obama’s Labor Department.
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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...=.582f5fea8a72

    Trump to nominate Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court justice, as his next secretary of Labor

    President Trump announced Thursday that he plans to nominate Eugene Scalia, the son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as his next Labor secretary — succeeding Alexander Acosta, who announced his resignation last week amid an uproar over an old plea deal he struck with a wealthy financier facing a new round of sex trafficking charges.

    “I am pleased to announce that it is my intention to nominate Gene Scalia as the new Secretary of Labor. Gene has led a life of great success in the legal and labor field and is highly respected not only as a lawyer, but as a lawyer with great experience working with labor and everyone else,” Trump said Thursday night in a pair of tweets. “He will be a great member of an Administration that has done more in the first 2 1 /2 years than perhaps any Administration in history!”

    Scalia, one of the late justice’s nine children, is a veteran attorney well-versed in regulatory matters who served as the top lawyer for the Labor Department under the George W. Bush administration. He is a partner at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, a Washington law firm, specializing in administrative law and bringing with him deep experience in challenging federal regulations.

    After his tenure as the solicitor for the Labor Department, Scalia was hired by Wal-Mart Stores in 2005 to defend the merchandise giant in court as it faced lawsuits accusing it of illegally firing corporate whistleblowers.

    One major booster on Scalia’s behalf was Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.),
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    Default Re: Trump Stacks Labor Department with Friends of Big Business

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...=.582f5fea8a72

    Trump to nominate Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court justice, as his next secretary of Labor



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    This guy has a resume' as a corporate thug. What a boon for labor this will be!

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    If union members don't get it by now, they are not going to ever.....
    To critics, the nomination of a labor secretary who built his career fighting unions underscores a President Donald Trump’s attacks against organized labor.

    But for Trump, it seems appointing Eugene Scalia is a way to continue taking on unions through deregulation and business-centric policies without alienating rank and file union members in key states he’ll need to win reelection in 2020.

    The president’s pick, which he announced on Twitter but has not officially submitted to the Senate, also shows Trump’s willingness to push the boundaries on who makes a suitable labor nominee, compared to past Republican administrations.

    In the past, “Republicans tended to choose businessmen” to lead the Department of Labor, said Joseph McCartin, a labor historian at Georgetown University. “Often they were businessmen who had dealings with unions. But [they] were not anti-union.”

    Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, appears to be a departure from that norm.
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    Scalia, skilled at upending rules, may soon write them at Labor

    President Donald Trump said on July 18 that he would nominate Scalia for secretary of Labor, but a spokesman for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee said the papers haven’t been filed. Scalia has met with committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

    One of nine children of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, he was solicitor for the Labor Department during the George W. Bush administration and is currently a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington.

    “He’s a formidable attorney, very well versed and very well skilled, and very successful in litigation against the Department of Labor,” said Mark Gaston Pearce, former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board and head of the Workers’ Rights Institute at Georgetown Law School.

    “I opposed Eugene Scalia’s nomination to the Department of Labor in 2001 because of his hostility towards workplace protections and his positions on workplace harassment and workers’ health and safety,” Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the ranking member of the committee, said in a statement. “After spending the last 18 years defending corporations who have trampled on the rights of their workers, he is still the wrong choice and President Trump needs to choose another nominee for Secretary of Labor.”
    https://www.rollcall.com/news/policy...-them-at-labor

 

 

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