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Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:14 PM

Bad news: Harder-Charging Patrick Pizzella Takes Labor Reins From Acosta

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s exit paves the way for longtime GOP government official and management ally Patrick Pizzella to become acting labor secretary.Pizzella, a former lobbying partner of disgraced business lobbyist Jack Abramoff, is seen by associates on Capitol Hill as a harder-charging advocate for industry interests and someone who is more inclined than the cautious Acosta to rapidly reverse Obama-era policies that favored certain workers and unions.

“I think we will see a quicker pace of change, and I am more confident that the Wage and Hour Division will complete its work on the overtime exemption, regular rate, and joint employment regulations,” said Tammy McCutchen, a former GOP Wage and Hour chief and current attorney for businesses. She’s referring to a trio of recently issued proposed rules that are a high priority for businesses. The rules would clarify who’s eligible for overtime pay, what types of compensation qualify for overtime time-and-a-half wages, and would narrow corporations’ shared liability with affiliated businesses for pay violations.

Acosta, a veteran government lawyer who faced criticism for stalling business-favored policies by diving into the weeds on the department’s legal matters, now passes the baton to Pizzella to lead a sprawling agency with a $12 billion budget. The Labor Department is responsible for overseeing job training programs, auditing labor union finances, enforcing worker pay and safety laws, and combating forced labor. Pizzella was a senior DOL official for nearly all eight years of the George W. Bush presidency.

Pizzella arrives at a critical juncture for the Labor Department, which is trying to finalize a number of regulatory initiatives before the end of President Trump’s first term. The Trump administration and business community lobbyists want those agenda items finished by early next year, so that they’re harder to undo if a Democrat unseats Trump in 2020.

https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/harder-charging-patrick-pizzella-takes-labor-reins-from-acosta

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Reply Bad news: Harder-Charging Patrick Pizzella Takes Labor Reins From Acosta (Original post)
octoberlib Friday OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Friday #1
wcmagumba Friday #2
Andy823 Friday #6
lunasun Friday #3
UTUSN Friday #4
gratuitous Friday #5
The Velveteen Ocelot Friday #7
gratuitous Friday #8

Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:22 PM

1. Whenever an incompetent or corrupt Trump appointee leaves,

he is inevitably replaced with someone worse.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:22 PM

2. They always find someone worse...

unbelievable...wonder what skeletons this idiot has in his closet (they all seem to have those too!)...

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Response to wcmagumba (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 03:49 PM

6. It's a trump requirement

when he replaces one scumbag, the replacement has to be worse than the person they are replacing. The scummier the better!

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 01:30 PM

3. seen trump supporters on his twitter feed telling trump that they are in unions and support

him and that many union members do, but ask for trump to please pay more attention to union labor and their issues.

OK union trump sheep you got your wish from him just not what you expected!

plus now ALL the labor policies that Obama, who they disliked, worked for will be at more risk and hard to restore with this guy working harder for trump not just union concerns

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 03:21 PM

4. K&R

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 03:37 PM

5. It appears Pizzella might have some explaining to do about his past work with Jack Abramoff

Yeah, the Trump administration seems to be a bottomless pit of shifty individuals, and getting rid of one moves someone even worse up the ladder. My strategy is called "next man up," and it swings into action when some formerly too-low-on-the-totem-pole factotum gets sufficiently above his station to draw some attention.

Let's get after Pizzella and keep Needy Amin occupied with defending another indefensible appointee.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 05:52 PM

7. It's kind of like when the #1 guy in Al-Qaeda would get whacked,

and #2 got moved up until they got him too.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #7)

Fri Jul 12, 2019, 06:12 PM

8. As I recall, the Bush administration was forever getting the #3 man

Fortunately, we seem to be a bit more organized and effective than the Bush administration when it comes to getting undesireables out of circulation. (I know! I can't believe I said that, either, but it appears to be a true #sciencefact!)

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