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August 17, 2019

On This Day in 1937
Congress passed the National Apprenticeship Act, establishing a national advisory committee to research and draft regulations establishing minimum standards for apprenticeship programs. It was later amended to permit the Labor Department to issue regulations protecting the health, safety and general welfare of apprentices, and to encourage the use of contracts in their hiring and employment.
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Amid Conservative Assault on Labor, Dem Lawmakers Advance Laws to Expand Workers’ Rights
Posted On: Aug 05, 2019
Aug. 5, 2019 | PUBLIC SECTOR | [...] Congressional representatives are working to bolster the rights of public-sector workers, though any chance of enacting legislation is highly unlikely unless Democrats win the White House and the Senate and maintain their hold on the House of Representatives in 2020. Reintroduced on June 25, the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, would, for the first time, set a minimum nationwide standard of collective bargaining rights for the nation’s 17.3 million public employees. Among other things, public employees would be required to recognize their workers’ unions if they’re “freely chosen” by a majority vote, and employers would be required to bargain with workers over wages, hours, and other terms of employment. If public employers refuse, then the legislation grants the federal government the authority to intervene… The Intercept
 
 
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