According to reports today, behind closed doors, President Trump will sign legislation blocking the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule—a common-sense rule that would have helped prevent employers who cheated their employees or put workers’ lives at risk from receiving federal contracts, by requiring that federal contractors disclose violations of federal labor and employment laws.
By blocking this rule, the president and congressional Republicans will ensure that taxpayers will continue to support contractors with a history of wage theft and health and safety violations. It’s no surprise that the president will sign this anti-worker effort in private: When President Trump has a chance to stand with workers, he chooses not to.
The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule was a small step towards giving working people a fair shake and rewarding employers who followed the law. For Americans who work hard but struggle to get ahead because they are not paid on time or their pay is calculated wrong, or who are made to work in unsafe conditions, this rule was a beacon of hope that their employers would have incentive to pay a fair wage and improve working conditions. Instead, congressional Republicans and President Trump have guaranteed that there will not be any system in place to ensure that taxpayer dollars support contractors with good health and safety records.