Anti-worker GOP Rep. King of Iowa goes 0-for-2 in killing Davis-Bacon

WASHINGTON—Radical right-wing Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a longtime hater of unions and workers, failed again – twice – to kill the Davis-Bacon Act during long House debate on a comprehensive money bill for a wide range of federal agencies.

Building trades unions, joined by congressional Democrats, have battled King’s anti-Davis-Bacon amendments for years. Each time, dozens of Republicans have joined them in voting King’s moves down, heeding construction workers who asked lawmakers why the solons would want to cut their constituents’ wages.

King’s jihad against workers and unions wasn’t the only anti-worker scheme members of the House’s GOP majority offered during the marathon session on Sept. 7, which stretched after midnight. (King is also the House’s top hater of Hispanics.)

Jordan Barab, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) deputy director during the Democratic Obama administration, reported the ruling Republicans allowed debate on 58 different worker proposals, most of them hostile, during the marathon session. One of the most drastic, by Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., would cut money for the National Labor Relations Board by $99 million, to $150 million in the year starting Oct. 1.

Another, by Rep. Denny Walberg, R-Mich., would bar the NLRB from using any money to enforce what the Republicans snidely and insultingly call its “ambush election rule.” The NLRB adopted it during the Obama years to remove some of the pro-corporate procedural obstacles businesses had thrown up for decades against union recognition elections.

“Working under the assumption that economic growth and job creation are incompatible with breathing, Republicans are offering an amendment to prohibit OSHA from enforcing its silica standard. The standard is already in effect for construction workers, but OSHA postponed enforcement of its provisions until Sept. 23,” Barab said.

Other GOP amendments would let firms keep job injury records only for six months, not five years, would free up employers to retaliate against job safety whistleblowers and would ban federal contracting officers from considering Project Labor Agreements for federally funded construction, Barab said. The good news, he reported, is that none of the anti-worker amendments are in the temporary money bill to keep the government going – or in the Senate version of the regular money bill for the Labor Department, the NLRB and other agencies.

Source: PAI