Trump and Labor: A Betrayal

Donald Trump won the presidency portraying himself as a champion of workers.

So far, his record as president amounts to a great betrayal.

With executive orders, political appointments and policy changes, Trump has actually proved himself to be an enemy of working families.

The authoritarian president has taken steps to undermine unions, harm public employees, gut the benefits of low-wage workers and promote trade policies that will raise prices for consumers. Simply put, his actions favor corporations and the rich.

Real average earnings have actually dropped since Trump signed the GOP tax giveaway into law. The only way workers have managed to increase their take-home pay is by working a few extra hours per week, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The administration submitted an amicus brief in Janus v. AFSCME case, which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on last month. Trump’s Justice Dept. reversed the Obama administration’s position and supported the plaintiff Mark Janus, and this court’s decision has resonated deeply across the country as public employee unions face losing their freedoms to organize and provide benefits to members.

Trump’s anti-labor appointees to the National Labor Relations Board are shifting the NLRB in favor of business owners and corporations. Already, the board has started to reversed pro-labor policies of the Obama administration and shut down regional offices.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce projects that the Trump administration’s protectionist trade policies threaten 2.6 million U.S. jobs as other countries respond by raising the prices of imports.

In the nation’s capital, federal workers are retiring early as the administration take steps to gut agencies, reverse long-standing government policies, weaken the American Federation of Government Employees, make it easier to fire workers and slash civil service protections.

This president is no friend of workers.

The DC 37 Blog is an online publication of District Council 37, AFSCME, which represents 125,000 municipal employees in New York City. This article originally appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of Public Employee Press.

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