TRUMP WANTS YOU TO TIP RESTAURANT OWNERS, NOT SERVERS

December 7, 2017

BY SHARON BLOCK AND CHRISTINE OWENS
Newsweek

If the Trump administration has its way, the tip you leave your waiter or waitress could end up in the pocket of the restaurant owner instead of the person who served you.

This week, Trump’s Labor Department proposed rescinding an Obama-era rule that made the logical point that tips are the property of the servers and cannot be taken by the restaurant owner.

We need an agenda for new laws to prevent sexual harassment

December 2, 2017

By Sharon Block and Terri Gerstein
The Guardian

What we’ve learned from the current flurry of revelations about sexual harassment is that public shaming may reform behavior but the law, as is, won’t. That means we need a broad agenda to change the law to protect the millions of women who don’t work for a famous boss.

In so doing, we should be especially careful to protect low-wage women workers, who often have less economic mobility than better educated, higher-wage workers, and are even less able to quit when they end up in a hostile work environment.... Read more about We need an agenda for new laws to prevent sexual harassment

Republicans Plan to Crack Down on Worker Centers, the Last Line of Defense

November 21, 2017

By Hamilton Nolan
Splinter

"The Trump administration is sure to be hell for working people, but so far the actual Labor Secretary has been relatively quiet on the specifics. Today we have a new item to add to his list of Ways to Egregiously Stomp on The Poor: fucking with worker centers."

Sharon Block, in OnLabor.org blog, "Backhanded Compliment: Acosta Threatens Workers Centers." explains "Backhanded Compliment: Acosta Threatens Workers Centers" the only real purpose for reclassifying worker centers is to make their lives harder by requiring them to do a ton of paperwork and follow a ton of new rules. There is no threat being addressed here, except the threat that day laborers might be paid a semi-living wage.