One of the nation’s largest labor unions is preparing to respond to Trump with less. Writing for Bloomberg Businessweek, Josh Eidelson reports that an internal memo shows the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is planning a 30 percent budget cut over the next year. The memo cites fear that a Republican-controlled federal government will enact policies that impede collective bargaining. The SEIU represents 2 million workers nationally and has been spearheading the Fight for $15 movement.
Trump’s chosen Secretary of Labor similarly inspires concern that the federal government will be hostile to workers outside of the collective bargaining relationship. Accoring to Mother Jones, a review of old interviews shows that Andy Puzder has previously complained on the record about overtime rules and protective regulations, calling workers “overprotected” and questioning the need for mandatory breaks.
Workers in New York State can at least have confidence in their state government. The National Law Review reports that the New York State Department of Labor has amended minimum wage regulations to increase the salary basis threshold for executive and administrative employees, irrespective of the status of a similar planned increase of the federal threshold. The new thresholds in New York depend on employer size and whether the employer is located in greater New York City .