Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner

Sean Higgins

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Arlington, VA, United States

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Past articles by Sean:

Mnuchin disputes tariffs limited access to medical supplies

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin disputed claims Thursday that the Trump administration's tariffs on Chinese goods resulted in shortages of medical supplies in the United States, noting that the tariffs had been waived. → Read More

Border closures have farm industry concerned for loss of seasonal workers

The White House's decision to limit visas for seasonal farmworkers in order to limit the chances of spreading the coronavirus has the agricultural industry worried that they soon may not have enough workers to pick crops. → Read More

GM and Ford to close all North American plants through end of month

General Motors and Ford announced Wednesday that they would suspend all production at their North American facilities until the end of the month, saying the move was necessary to protect employees from contracting the coronavirus. Fiat-Chrysler was expected to make a similar announcement. → Read More

Honda freezes US production as automakers scramble to address virus

Honda announced Wednesday that it would freeze production at all of its North American facilities for the next six days, citing a decline in demand due to the coronavirus outbreak, the first domestic company to institute a full closure. → Read More

Canada ratifies USMCA trade deal, replacing NAFTA

The Canadian Parliament on Friday ratified the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade, making Canada the third and final country needed to make the trade pact official and replace the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement. → Read More

Pressure builds on White House to roll back tariffs to stem economic fallout from coronavirus

The threat of the coronavirus outbreak has trade groups pressuring President Trump to roll back the tariffs he has imposed on China as the best way to protect the economy. → Read More

Trump administration excludes construction from new apprenticeship rules meant to help fill millions of openings

The Trump administration unveiled a new category of federally-sponsored apprenticeship programs for all industries except construction, which was instead deliberately limited to the existing apprenticeship program model. → Read More

For many labor organizers, Obama failure to pass card check bill is a black mark for Biden

Joe Biden's efforts to win union support in the Democratic primary are being hurt by the fact that many in the labor movement are bitter that the Obama administration failed to pass their top priority at the time, "card check" legislation. → Read More

After hard first quarter, shipping industry showing signs of recovering from coronavirus

The shipping industry has taken a hit due to the coronavirus outbreak, but there are signs that the worst is already passed and that commerce will rebound in the coming weeks. → Read More

Coronavirus outbreak could spur China to fulfill agriculture purchase promises to US

The coronavirus outbreak could have the unexpected effect of helping the United States ensure that China sticks by its promise to purchase $40 billion to $50 billion worth of U.S. farm goods over two years because it will need the food. → Read More

Labor board deals final blow to Obama-era effort to unionize fast-food industry

The National Labor Relations Board, the main federal labor law enforcement agency, rolled back an Obama administration-era effort to help unions organize franchisor corporations such as McDonald's through the so-called joint employer rule, dealing a blow to organized labor. → Read More

Fearful of losing key bargaining role, unions hope Sanders 'Medicare for all' will leave room for private coverage

Many unions are counting on the possibility that Bernie Sanders's "Medicare for all" plan would get watered down so that it doesn't eliminate private insurance, allowing them to keep the role of collectively bargaining for health benefits for members. → Read More

'More union support than you ever dreamed of': Sanders rebuffs Buttigieg attack over culinary workers

Bernie Sanders boasted about his labor support in dismissing an attack from Pete Buttigieg during the Democratic debate in Las Vegas. → Read More

Rashida Tlaib arrested protesting with airline workers

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, was arrested at Detroit Metro Airport Friday while joining a protest by airline workers. → Read More

USMCA ratification delayed in Canada

President Trump may have already celebrated the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade, but the deal hasn't yet been ratified by Canada, and it may not be for weeks. → Read More

Two years after White House solar panel tariffs, industry outlook isn't brighter

The White House’s tariffs, meant to boost the domestic solar panel industry, haven’t benefited most companies, who say they would rather the administration get rid of the levies instead. → Read More

Trump narrowed trade deficit in 2019 by shrinking trade overall

The U.S. trade deficit shrunk in 2019 as President Trump's trade wars caused both exports and imports to fall. Imports fell sharply as tariffs made them less attractive while exports of U.S. goods declined moderately. → Read More

NAFTA replaced: Trump signs USMCA trade deal with Canada and Mexico

President Trump signed the U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement on trade Wednesday, formally overriding the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement and fulfilling one of his 2016 campaign promises. → Read More

Union membership falls to lowest share on record

Union membership fell to 10.3% of the nation's workforce in 2019, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous year, marking the lowest level since the Labor Department began keeping track in 1983. → Read More

Mnuchin: 'No deadline' for second round of China trade talks

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that the administration had no timeline for completing phase two of its trade negotiations with Beijing, and that getting a deal before the 2020 election was not necessarily a goal. → Read More