• AFL-CIO Tears Apart Green New Deal

    AFL-CIO Tears Apart Green New Deal

    The largest organization of labor unions in the U.S. slammed the Green New Deal for combating climate change by threatening the livelihoods of millions of Americans.

    The AFL-CIO sent a letter on Friday to Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, the two lawmakers leading the Green New Deal push in Congress. The labor group demanded a larger role in crafting future solutions, slamming the current proposal as “not achievable or realistic.”

    “We welcome the call for labor rights and dialogue with labor, but the Green New Deal resolution is far too short on specific solutions that speak to the jobs of our members and the critical sections of our economy,” the letter, signed by 10 national labor unions on the AFL-CIO’s energy committee, says. READ MORE...

  • Scott Pruitt Is Rolling Back One of the EPA’s Most Expansive Powers

    Scott Pruitt Is Rolling Back One of the EPA’s Most Expansive Powers

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is rescinding regulations that allow agency officials to veto projects before a permit is applied for or after it is granted, the EPA announced Wednesday.

    A section of the Clean Water Act authorizes the EPA to interfere with the permitting process for waste dumping projects managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. EPA officials can “pre-emptively veto” projects before a permit is officially applied for or “retroactively veto” a permit any time after its approval, according to the EPA. READ MORE...

  • Public-Sector Unions Are Facing a Cascade of Lawsuits for Skimming Workers’ Wages

    Public-Sector Unions Are Facing a Cascade of Lawsuits for Skimming Workers’ Wages

    Public-sector workers are preparing class action lawsuits against the unions they have been forced to pay dues to pending the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case, The Washington Free Beacon reports.

    The court is expected to issue a decision on Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in a matter of days. Depending on the ruling, millions of public-sector workers could be exempted from paying “agency” fees to unions they are not members of.

    In effect, the case is a rehearing of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which the court split 4-4 on last year after the death of late Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Neil Gorsuch was appointed and confirmed to replace Scalia and is expected to rule that mandatory “agency” fees are unconstitutional. READ MORE...

  • Pruitt Is Overhauling EPA ‘Cost-Benefit’ Analysis That Obama Used to Justify Costly Regulations

    Pruitt Is Overhauling EPA ‘Cost-Benefit’ Analysis That Obama Used to Justify Costly Regulations

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is overhauling the way his department calculates the costs and benefits of new regulations, the EPA announced Thursday.

    The EPA issued an advance notice that it will be collecting input from the public on how to restructure the cost-benefit analysis process within the agency. Pruitt held up former President Barack Obama’s administration as an example why the process needs improvement.

    “Many have complained that the previous administration inflated the benefits and underestimated the costs of its regulations through questionable cost-benefit analysis,” Pruitt said in a statement. “This action is the next step toward providing clarity and real-world accuracy with respect to the impact of the agency’s decisions on the economy and the regulated community.” READ MORE...

  • Union Sues Trump for Telling Fed Workers to Stop Doing So Much Union Business on Taxpayers’ Dime

    A federal workers union sued President Donald Trump over an executive order limiting the amount of time federal workers can spend conducting union business on official time Wednesday, Bloomberg reported.

    Trump signed the order on May 25 with several others prohibiting federal workers from collecting pay for time spent lobbying the government, charging rent to union workers using federal office space, and directing more aggressive union contract bargaining.

    The American Federation of Government Employees filed a complaint over the order in a federal court in Washington, D.C. The union is asking the court to block one of the orders because it violates the First Amendment and separation of powers, according to Bloomberg. READ MORE...

  • Unemployment Hits Lowest Rate in 18 Years

    Unemployment Hits Lowest Rate in 18 Years

    Unemployment dropped to 3.9 percent in April, the lowest unemployment rate since 2000, after remaining unchanged at 4.1 percent for several months, the Department of Labor reported Friday.

    The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report revealed roughly 164,000 jobs were added last month, about 30,000 fewer than some experts predicted but continuing the longest streak of consecutive monthly job growth at 91 months. The average wage also rose 4 cents an hour, and it’s up 2.6 percent since the start of the year. READ MORE...

  • Interior Weeks From Holding Largest Oil and Gas Lease Sale in History

    Interior Weeks From Holding Largest Oil and Gas Lease Sale in History

    The Interior Department next month will offer 77.3 million acres for offshore drilling in what the federal agency calls the largest oil and gas lease sale in U.S. history.

    The sale March 21 will cover areas off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, including about 14,776 lease blocks from 3 to 231 miles offshore.

    “Responsibly developing our offshore energy resources is a major pillar of President [Donald] Trump’s American Energy Dominance strategy,” Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt said in a prepared statement. READ MORE...