Democrats Finally Fighting For Workers?


Democrats want the Labor Department to trash new rules that hurt restaurant workers. Ana Kasparian, Mark Thompson, Maytha Alhassen, the hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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“Democrats on Capitol Hill are urging the Labor Department to ditch a contentious proposal that would make it easier for restaurant owners to redistribute or keep their employees’ tips.

In a letter Tuesday to Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, 24 Senate Democrats said the agency needed to bail on the measure because officials “concealed evidence from the public” projecting a significant loss in money for millions of tipped employees across the country.

The Labor Department “is forcing through a regulation that would take money out of the pockets of low-wage workers and, even worse, it covered up the potentially catastrophic impacts from workers and advocates,” the senators wrote.

They called it “a stark example of how far the Trump Administration is willing to go to appease business interests at the expense of working families.”

Last week, Bloomberg BNA’s Ben Penn reported that Labor Department leaders had suppressed an internal analysis showing workers could lose billions of dollars in tips if the agency enacted the rule as proposed. The officials directed staffers to tweak their methodology so that the projections wouldn’t be so alarming, according to Penn.”

Hosts: Ana Kasparian, Mark Thompson, Maytha Alhassen

Cast: Ana Kasparian, Mark Thompson, Maytha Alhassen


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