Senate votes to repeal labor protection laws that safeguarded poultry workers

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/mar/06/labor-protection-laws-repeal-poultry-industry-workers

Trump has vowed to sign bill to eliminate Obama-era mandate to disclose on-site injuries and fatalities, which occur at a high rate in chicken-processing industry. The Trump administration and Senate Republicans rolled back labor protection laws on Monday in a pair of moves that labor advocates predict will chill complaints by vulnerable workers, especially in the low-wage food processing industry, which relies heavily on easily exploited undocumented laborers. The Senate voted along party lines, 49-48, to repeal an Obama-era executive order mandating accurate labor violation record-keeping, meaning that companies with on-the-job accidents and fatalities no longer have to disclose that information in order to receive lucrative government contracts. 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. Continue reading…

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