Labor Department to get union foe
Patrick Pizzella, a lobbyist and government official who has spent years advocating the interests of businesses, is set to become the top Trump administration official protecting workers’ rights when he takes over as acting labor secretary this week. He will fill the vacancy left when Alex Acosta resigned amid criticism of a plea deal he approved in 2008 with Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta spent two years battling other White House officials who demanded he push through an anti-union agenda and coordinate his actions with the president’s political team. Pizzella is expected to be a significantly more cooperative partner in those efforts, according to administration and industry officials.
Ryanair to cut growth due to 737
Ryanair, the Irish budget airline, said Tuesday it would scale back its growth plans for next summer because of expected delays in taking delivery of Boeing 737 Max planes. The airline, which has grown quickly by offering inexpensive flights to smaller airports across Europe, had ordered 58 of the planes for delivery by next summer. But four months ago, after the 737 Max was involved in two fatal crashes, regulators ordered the aircraft grounded. The airline now expects to take delivery of only 30 planes. Because of that, it has lowered the number of passengers it expects to carry this year by 5 million, to 157 million.
Factory output climbs in June
U.S. factory output rose by more than expected in June on a solid gain in motor-vehicle production, suggesting American manufacturing is regaining a foothold despite fluctuating trade policies and a global slowdown. Manufacturing output climbed 0.4% from the prior month after an unrevised 0.2% increase in May, Federal Reserve data showed Tuesday. Total industrial production, which also includes mines and utilities, was unchanged — missing economist estimates for a 0.1% gain — as milder-than-usual weather reduced demand for air conditioning, according to the report.