Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.
Republicans Poised to Roll Back Worker Safety Regulations: "Trump and congressional Republicans are poised to roll back a series of Obama-era worker safety regulations targeted by business groups, starting with a rule that would require federal contractors to disclose and correct serious safety violations. The Senate is set to vote Monday evening to eliminate the regulation, dubbed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule. Finalized in August and blocked by a court order in October, the rule would limit the ability of companies with recent safety problems to complete for government contracts unless they agreed to remedies."
Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Proposal Aims to Boost Workers’ Wages, Stability: "Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, who has long pushed populist liberal themes, is putting together a worker aid package that will help his party make the case it is on the side of working families. The 77-page proposal, to be released during a speech Friday at Ohio State University, focuses on so-called contingent workers—including contractors, temps, subcontractors, part-time workers and 'gig' workers—whose economic circumstances are often tenuous."
Bernie Sanders Backs Unionization Campaign in Mississippi as Democrats Draft Populist Agenda: "On Saturday, workers in the middle of a union drive at the Nissan plant in Canton, Miss., stopped to hear from a special guest: Sen. Bernie Sanders. The onetime presidential candidate, now the Democratic caucus’s point man on political outreach, came to the 'March on Mississippi' event both to help the United Automobile Workers’ campaign and to send a message about what opponents of President Trump should be doing."
Telemundo Performers Vote to Join SAG-AFTRA: "In a historic vote, telenovela performers at Spanish-language station Telemundo have voted to join SAG-AFTRA. The vote was 91–21 in favor of membership, and this is the first time in 65 years a group of performers at a major television network sought a unionization election. The new bargaining unit will cover actors, dancers, singers and stunt performers for shows produced in the United States. SAG-AFTRA will meet with the performers to discuss issues related to fair pay, residuals, benefits and on-set safety measures."
House Republicans Propose Giving Health Insurance Companies a Tax Break on CEO Pay: "CEOs of health insurance companies received a generous early Christmas gift, thanks to Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives."
Advancing Immigration Reform in Maryland: "In a time of heated rhetoric and divisiveness around immigration, Maryland’s unions, faith community and immigrant rights groups are leading the way forward on state-level immigration reform. Two bills are currently under consideration in Maryland that would offer significant protections to immigrant workers and families—the Maryland Law Enforcement and Governmental Trust Act (H.B. 1362/S.B. 0835) and the Regulation of Farm Labor Contractors and Foreign Labor Contractors Act (H.B. 1307/S.B. 1016). The measures proposed in these bills would help ensure that our law enforcement policies respect due process and protect civil rights in the workplace and community, and would expand protections within guest worker programs."
‘A Day Without a Woman’: How You Can Show Solidarity: "On Wednesday, March 8, International Women's Day, women across the world are taking action to call attention to the contributions we make every day in our workplaces, homes and communities. This year, the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington have called for a day of action called, 'A Day Without a Woman.'"
Congressional Republicans Attack a Law That Keeps Federal Contractors Accountable on Worker Safety and Fair Pay: "Federal contractors who seek lucrative contracts with the government are subject to commonsense scrutiny of their worker safety and pay records, thanks to an executive order signed by then-President Barack Obama and the regulations implementing it. Now congressional Republicans are callously moving forward on a plan to overturn these regulations in the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Act."
Historic March Signals to Nissan to Do Better, Right Racist Wrongs: "On Saturday, more than 5,000 auto assemblers, handlers and servicers marched with their families and supporters in Canton, Mississippi, to demand Nissan respect their employees' desire to come together in union. Nissan refuses to allow the people who work for them to have a seat at the table to voice their concerns and gain a better workplace. At the march, an active leader at the plant read a letter on behalf of his fellow members of the UAW. They called on the auto giant to stop attacking their union and threatening their families, and to include them at the table to improve safety and conditions in the plant."
Congress’ Cuts in Health Care Will Hit Women Harder: "Republican leaders in Congress are working on plans to cut health benefits for tens of millions of people. The harms from these cuts are likely to have the biggest impact on women, both for their own health benefits and as they try to manage health care for their families."