A few days after the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, I was in the lobby of the White House to watch the administration unveil its new rules for textile printing, and I saw one of the most startling changes in years.
The rules are meant to help textile manufacturing jobs in low-wage countries.
But they are also intended to boost the fortunes of the textile industry.
While the textile printing industry is big business in many countries, it’s also an incredibly vulnerable one.
Under the ACA, the federal government is funding more than two-thirds of textile-printing manufacturing in the U.S. — more than the rest of the world combined.
The Obama administration says it’s aiming to help the textile sector recover from the downturn in the textile trade, but it’s still hurting.
A recent report by the nonprofit Alliance for Sustainable Economies, a group dedicated to the protection of the global economy, found that a growing number of textile factories were shuttered due to economic or health reasons.
According to the Alliance’s study, the textile-producing sector lost $17 billion in value from 2013 to 2016, mostly due to the closure of textile plants in China and Bangladesh.
In the U, textile-making was estimated to have lost $7 billion in the first half of 2017.
That’s a lot of jobs.
The new rules won’t just provide new jobs for workers, but also to boost wages and benefits for the hundreds of thousands of people employed in textile production in the United States.
According the Alliance, the new rules will require employers to pay a $5,000 penalty to the government if their jobs are lost.
That will provide $200 million in support for textile workers in the next few years, and will help to make the industry more competitive in the global market.
But the real winners will be textile-based companies.
The rule, announced last week, has been in the works for years, according to two sources familiar with the process.
They say the Obama administration knew the textile industries would be hard hit, and they knew they needed a way to help, so they developed a plan.
The plan is based on the idea that the textile companies would need to invest billions of dollars to make sure they had the resources to hire the right people, and that they had sufficient staff to keep up with the demand.
But many of those workers, it turns out, aren’t going to be getting that help.
A new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, which was commissioned by the U’s administration to investigate the textile manufacturing industry, found, among other things, that many textile workers were not able to keep the jobs they did for many years, either because of health problems or the recession.
“We’re not seeing people keeping jobs for long periods of time, because it’s too hard,” said John M. Rees, the institute’s chief economist and one of its authors.
“There are a lot more textile jobs than people are paying their workers.”
Rees said that even if the textile firms invested in retraining workers, the companies could not keep up.
The Wharton study, published this month, also found that the industry lost nearly $1.7 billion last year because of the recession, and most of that money was going to people who had to quit their jobs.
In some cases, textile workers lost their jobs because they couldn’t find jobs.
Other textile workers didn’t want to leave their jobs either because they were afraid they would be fired or that they wouldn’t get enough overtime.
“The question of how to get people back to work is a difficult one for the textile workers,” said Rees.
“You have a lot, but not a lot.”
While the Obama Administration and textile-manufacturing industry leaders were hopeful that the new rule would help, many textile-industry workers were already wondering if they’d get a raise, Rees explained.
“It’s not like this is a one-time thing.
We’re not going to get an extra $5k.
They’re not getting paid,” said Jocelyn Korn, a textile-worker from North Carolina.
She’s one of more than 50,000 textile workers who lost their work because they weren’t able to find jobs for several years.
But Korn is optimistic that she’ll be getting her first raise this year.
“I’m going to do my best to do as much as I can,” she said.
She wants to see the new mandate go into effect next year, and said she hopes the administration will follow through on its promises.
“What they said to me was that they’re going to give the new workers a raise,” she added.
“If you don’t do that, I’m going back to the drawing board.”
Reys said he believes the Obama administrations plan will succeed.
“They’ve got an incredibly strong hand, and we’re going back,” he said.
“And they’re not taking the bait