By Marianne LeVine | 10/10/2017 10:00 AM EDT
With help from Ted Hesson, Patrick Temple-West and Timothy Noah
DACA PRICE TAG: President Donald Trump released Sunday a list of measures to restrict immigration that he wants in exchange for writing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program into law, POLITICO's Seung Min Kim reports. The White House called for the border wall; tougher penalties for asylum fraud; faster deportation of unaccompanied minors; a grant cutoff to sanctuary cities; restriction of permanent-residency sponsorship by U.S. citizens to spouses and minor children; and a merit-based points system for green cards.
"The White House said Sunday it was not interested in providing citizenship to DACA beneficiaries, even though the main proposals for Dreamers on Capitol Hill would allow a pathway to citizenship," Kim reports. In a joint statement, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said "the administration can't be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans." They noted that previously the wall "was explicitly ruled out of the negotiations." On a press call Monday hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) called Trump's demands "a Breitbart Christmas list" and said that the proposal was "dead on arrival."
Ivanka Trump weighed in for the first time Monday night, calling for a "good solution that protects these innocent people, many of whom were brought to the country as children," POLITICO's Annie Karni reports. While speaking at the 2017 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, the first daughter said that there needs to be "a long-term congressional fix." More here.
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HATCH TO REINTRODUCE RETIREMENT BILL: Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) will reintroduce bipartisan legislation next week that would allow for so-called open multiple employer plans, sources tell POLITICO's Patrick Temple-West and Marianne LeVine. Next week's bill won't differ much from last year's, which encouraged businesses to pool their retirement assets into a single 401(k) plan by removing a requirement that businesses demonstrate a "common interest." The Senate Finance Committee approved the proposal last November. In addition to allowing for open multiple employer plans, last year's bill created a new tax credit for small employers that decide to enroll employees automatically in a 401(k) or SIMPLE IRA plan.
CLINTON SPARED PICKET LINE: Until Monday night former President Bill Clinton was faced with the choice of canceling the Boston meeting of his annual "Clinton Global Initiative University" or crossing a picket line. UNITE HERE Local 26, which represents Northeastern University's food service workers, voted last week to strike on Oct. 11 if it didn't reach agreement with management at Northeastern. The union was demanding a full time wage floor of $35,000 (instead of $21,460). On Oct. 13, Clinton Global Initiative University was set to begin three days of meetings with " students, youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities" - including the former president and his daughter Chelsea - to discuss various global challenges, including, uh, "poverty alleviation."
UNITE HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang sent a letter Friday to Kevin Thurm, acting chief executive officer of the Clinton Foundation, informing him that "if a strike occurs at Northeastern, your attendees may be forced to cross picket lines in order to attend sessions- a difficult and surely unwelcome choice." Lang told Morning Shift Monday that Thurm called him and "made no commitments one way or the other." But Monday evening the university reached a tentative agreement with the cafeteria workers. "We did not expect movement on this," said UNITE HERE spokesperson Rachel Gumpert, "but the perfect storm came together."
THIS WEEK: NDAA NEGOTIATIONS: Senior Hill staffers from the House Armed Services Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee will meet this week to discuss a labor provision in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed in July. (The Senate passed its own version last month.) The provision would change compensation benefits for dockworkers who repair recreational vessels (i.e. yachts) that are at least 55-feet in length. Under the provision, the dockworkers would be eligible for state workers' compensation instead of federal workers' compensation.
As the NDAA negotiations proceed, we'll be watching to see whether a provision in the Senate version concerning defense contractors will make it to the final draft of the NDAA. The provision requires that contracting officers at the Department of Defense take into account violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act when considering bids.
IRANIAN GROUPS CHALLENGE TRAVEL BAN III: A group of Iranian-American advocacy organizations requested Monday to revive their legal challenge against President Donald Trump's travel ban in the D.C. Circuit Court. The groups sued in February to stop the first travel ban, which blocked travel to the United States by nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - all Muslim-majority countries. (In Travel Ban II, released in March, Iraq was dropped from the list. In Travel Ban III, released in September, Sudan was dropped and majority-Muslim Chad was added, along with North Korea and Venezuela.) In June, the D.C. Circuit court stayed the proceedings in expectation that the Supreme Court would hear oral arguments in October. But the high court canceled the arguments after III replaced II. D.C. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan said, when she issued the stay, that should "circumstances change prior to the Supreme Court issuing its final decision, any party may file a motion to lift the stay and may then re-file a motion for a preliminary injunction." The groups, led by the Pars Equality Center, did just that on Monday.
The groups cited the administration's request last week that the Supreme Court vacate current injunctions against the travel ban. They asked that the court "set a schedule allowing a ruling upon a renewed request for injunctive relief" before the new travel restrictions take effect on Oct. 18. They also said they were "prepared to re-file for a preliminary injunction as soon as the court lifts the stay." Read the request here.
NORDIC WAGE STAGNATION: The United States isn't the only country experiencing sluggish wage growth even as its labor market tightens. Much the same is happening in Britain, Japan, and ... Norway? "The Nordic model has been meticulously engineered to provide universal living standards that are bountiful by global norms," Peter S. Goodman and Jonathan Soble report in the New York Times. Yet even there, "global forces are exposing growing numbers of workers to new forms of competition that limit pay. Immigrants from Eastern Europe are taking jobs. Temporary positions are increasing." Unions represent more than half Norway's work force, and they negotiate with employers' associations to set pay across industries. But "union leaders, aware that companies must cut expenses or risk losing work, have reluctantly signed off on employers hiring growing numbers of temporary workers who can be dismissed with little cost or fuss." More here.
WEINSTEIN OUT AFTER HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS: Hollywood film executive Harvey Weinstein was fired from his own company Sunday after the New York Times published an investigation that revealed he was accused repeatedly of sexual harassment over three decades. In a statement, The Weinstein Company said that the firing occurred "in light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days." The New York Times' Megan Twohey reports that "the firing was an escalation from Friday, when one-third of the company's all-male board resigned and four members who remained announced that Mr. Weinstein would take a leave of absence while an outside lawyer investigated the allegations." After the Times' report, other women accused Weinstein of harassment, Twohey writes, including "a former news anchor who said he had trapped her in the hallway of a restaurant that was closed to the public and masturbated in front of her." More here.
SPEAKING OF WORKPLACE HARASSMENT: Fox News legal counsel Dianne Brandi, who is named in sexual harassment lawsuits against the network, is on "voluntary leave," according to the A.P. The lawsuits allege that Brandi "did not act on complaints of harassment or discrimination against them by executives," including the network's late former CEO Roger Ailes. Brandi denies the allegations. In addition, Brandi was "part of a racial discrimination case involving several employees and since-fired financial executive at Fox." More here.
Media coverage of high profile sexual harassment scandals may have some unintended consequences for women, Claire Cain Miller writes in the New York Times. Miller spoke to male executives, who said they were more cautious about their conversations with women at their companies, for fear that their actions will be misconstrued. "But their actions affect women's careers, too - potentially depriving them of the kind of relationships that lead to promotions or investments," Miller reports. "Research shows that building genuine relationships with senior people is perhaps the most important contributor to career advancement... But women are less likely to build such relationships, in part because both senior men and junior women worry that a relationship will be misread by others." More here.
MONTGOMERY COUNCIL DELAYS ENACTING $15 MINIMUM WAGE: The Montgomery County Council's Health and Human Services Committee said Monday that it would delay the implementation of a $15 hourly minimum wage, Rachel Siegel reports in the Washington Post. (Montgomery County's minimum is $11.50.) In January, the Council approved legislation that raised the hourly minimum to $15 minimum by 2020 for most businesses and by 2022 for businesses with 25 or fewer employees. But that bill was vetoed by County Executive Isiah Leggett, who said that the timeline for implementation was too fast. Under the proposal approved Monday, large businesses would have until 2022 to comply and small businesses would have until 2024. In addition, the proposal would change the definition of small businesses to businesses with 50 or fewer employees. The full Council will now consider the changes. More here.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA: TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RECORD IS INADEQUATE: The University of California requested Monday that a California district court order the Trump administration to provide a more complete administrative record of its decision to rescind DACA. Although the administration provided a record last week, UC called that "sparse" and said the university was "playing a shell game intended to block the Administrative Procedure Act review of the government's true decision-making process." UC requested that the court "order defendants to immediately complete the administrative record and include therein every document and communication considered by DHS or DOJ, including communications from White House officials or staff or from any other executive branch component sent to DHS or DOJ, as part of the process of determining whether to continue, modify, or rescind DACA." Read the request here.
GOODLATTE TELLS DAIRY COALITION THAT COMMITTEE WILL MOVE AG VISA REFORM 'SOON': House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) told the American Dairy Coalition last week that the committee will "soon" move legislation that would replace the H-2A program for seasonal agricultural workers with a so-called H-2C program. Unlike the H-2A program, which is administered by the Labor Department, the H-2C program would be administered by the Department of Agriculture. The program would allow year-round agriculture employers to use guest workers, and, unlike H-2A employers, they wouldn't have to provide their guest workers with housing. "It's clear that the H-2A program is outdated and broken for American farmers," Goodlatte said. "The dairy industry has waited far too long for a workable guest worker program and it's past time to enact a solution."
But the bill faces opposition from Republicans who favor immigration restrictions, and will likely also be opposed by Democrats concerned about the easing of worker protections. Last week the House Judiciary Committee delayed a scheduled markup for the bill. An agriculture advocate told Bloomberg BNA that "the votes were just not there."
-"Hurricanes tend to dent jobs data, but leave little lasting imprint," from the Wall Street Journal
-"California won't require Uber, Lyft drivers to be fingerprinted," from Ars Technica
-"Why aren't wages rising faster now that unemployment is lower?" from the New York Times
- "Stephen Miller, the powerful survivor on the President's right flank," from the New York Times
- "Can this executive make Uber a place women want to work?" from the Wall Street Journal
- "ICE director plans more neighborhood arrests after California's 'sanctuary state' bill," from the Sacramento Bee
- "Deportations from the interior of the United States are rising under Trump," from the Washington Post
THAT'S ALL FOR MORNING SHIFT.
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