The Trump Labor Departmentâ€™s proposal to let bosses steal workersâ€™ tipsâ€”$5.8 billion of themâ€”is under heavy fire.Â After news broke that the departmentÂ hid the dataÂ showing how bad the plan would be for workers,Â House DemocratsÂ demanded that the Labor Department show its work:
Four House Democrats, in anÂ oversight letterÂ sent Feb. 2 to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, asked the DOL to fork over copies of all analyses completed as part of the tip pool rulemaking process. […]
In addition to demands for the DOL to divulge its analyses, the Democrats want a copy of all communication between the DOL and White House Office of Management and Budget pertaining to the quantitative economic analysis.
And theÂ Labor Department’s Office of Inspector GeneralÂ said it was reviewing what happened and how. AndÂ 17 state attorneys generalÂ filed a letter opposing the rule change:
If implemented, the rescission would greatly harm millions of employees in the United States who depend on tips and would create the real potential for customers to be deceived as to whom will receive and benefit from their tips.
The tip-stealing proposal is also unpopular with the public: a poll conducted for the National Employment Law Project foundÂ 82 percent of people opposed.
None of this means that Trumpâ€™s labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, is going to back down. But once again the Trump administration is making clear where it standsâ€”definitely not with workers.
About the Author:Â Laura ClawsonÂ is labor editor at DailyKos.
This blog was originally published at DailyKos on February 6, 2018. Reprinted with permission.Â