Trump Labor Policy Changes in 2017 and Policies to Come in 2018

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President Donald Trump offered remarks this summer on his executive order to expand apprenticeships. A Labor Department task force is expected to offer more details in 2018. PHOTO: OLIVIER DOULIERY-POOL/GETTY IMAGES

Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal by Eric Morath on December 28, 2017.

President Donald Trump entered office with a promise to reduce regulation and reshape the government’s relationship with businesses and workers. Here’s a look at the most significant labor-policy changes in 2017, and items to watch for in 2018.

What Happened

1. Republican Control of the National Labor Relations Board

Trump filled two vacant seats on the five-member board that oversees union-employer disputes, giving Republicans control for the first time in a decade. Before a third Republican’s term expired in December, three major decisions were issued:

• The board reversed a 2015 ruling concerning the meaning of joint employment. The new ruling potentially makes it harder for contractors or workers at franchises to organize into unions and bargain with larger corporations. …

WSJ 12/28

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