The Department of Labor’s FY 2018 budget won’t suffer deep cuts if Senate Republicans have their way.
An appropriations bill that moved out of committee on Sept. 7 keeps existing funding for Wage and Hour Division enforcement initiatives and apprenticeship programs. The Trump administration had previously proposed reducing those line items.
Meanwhile, in the House of Representatives, the Rules Committee approved an array of amendments designed to weaken the National Labor Relations Board and several pro-employee measures. If enacted, the cuts would prevent the NLRB from enforcing the 2014 “quickie elections” rule designed to speed up union balloting. Also prohibited would be spending federal funds to enforce the law requiring federal contractors to pay prevailing wages.