What can Biden do to reverse Trump’s assault on labor rights?

What can Biden do to reverse

Trump's assault on labor rights?

 

With Covid-19 still raging across the US, job safety experts say the president-elect must issue nationwide regulations directing businesses to protect their workers

 

‘There will be lots of obstacles in his [Biden’s] way,’ said William Samuel, director of government affairs at AFL-CIO. Photograph: Étienne Laurent/EPA

 

 

Steven Greenhouse

 

 

Soon after Joe Biden is inaugurated as the next US president, he is expected to take several strong steps on the labor front aimed at reversing or remedying the policies of Donald Trump – who promised workers a lot and delivered little.

But Biden’s number one priority will be to tackle the issues left in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh – the Mayor of Boston and before that a labor leader for decades – is likely to help advance Biden’s promises to help unions expand. Walsh, who had headed Boston’s federation of building trades unions, is expected to support increased spending on infrastructure to upgrade roads and bridges, strengthen the economy and create good-paying jobs. As mayor, he pushed for construction contractors to hire more workers of color.

With Covid-19 still raging across the US, many job safety experts say it’s urgent for Biden to do something that the Trump administration has failed to do: issue nationwide regulations directing businesses to take specific steps to protect their workers from the coronavirus, whether retail, restaurant, factory or construction workers.

 


 

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