Today’s News & Commentary — January 10, 2017
Confirmation hearings for Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General will begin today. NPR covers five things too look out for during the nomination hearings. The Washington Post reports that Trump and Sessions plan to restrict immigration from highly skilled foreign workers on H-1B visas. The New York Times will be live briefing the hearings.
Industry lobbyists are pushing to overturn the NLRB’s Browning-Ferris decision, which made it easier for unions to organize employees at franchises like McDonald’s, according to the Wall Street Journal. Andrew Puzder, Trump’s nomination for Secretary of Labor, has also been a prominent critic of the joint-employer doctrine.
Republican lawmakers in Congress may try to emulate what their party was able to accomplish in Kentucky, writes The Nation. That will spell trouble for workers around the country. Kentucky became the 27th state to pass a right to work law on Saturday, and Trump’s cabinet picks indicate his administration will take a similarly anti-labor stance.
President Obama will give his farewell address tonight in Chicago. NPR covers the history of the presidential farewell.