"Trump's viciously anti-worker record in the spotlight ahead of Detroit trip"
"Trump took an openly hostile stance toward workers, stacking the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with anti-union officials, gutting Labor Department regulations aimed at protecting workers' wages and benefits, and nominating Supreme Court justices and agency heads with long histories of siding with companies over employees—all while delivering huge tax cuts to the rich and big corporations, including major automakers." - Raw Story
What exactly did Trump do to crush unions and workers' rights? Who did Trump nominate? Follow the money and Trump's anti-union schemes with this relationship map.
Trump for workers? Hah!
Pandering to wealthy GOP donors
"At every turn, Donald Trump and his appointees have made increasing the power of corporations over working people their top priority," the Communications Workers of America wrote while the former president was still in office. "Trump has encouraged freeloaders, made it more difficult to enforce collective bargaining agreements, silenced workers, and restricted the freedom to join unions. It's no surprise, then, that Trump's 2024 presidential campaign is glossing over the actual substance of his record as the billionaire former president and current Republican frontrunner attempts to insert himself into one of the most significant labor actions in decades. - Raw Story
Weakening protections for workers
"... his aides were presented with a detailed to-do list by James Sherk, who coordinates labor policy for the White House’s Domestic Policy Council and joined the administration from the conservative Heritage Foundation. The list included proposals to weaken collective bargaining rights and protections for workers on federally funded construction projects.
Mr. Pizzella was Trump's Acting Labor Secretary. He joined the lobbying arm of the law firm Preston Gates, where Jack Abramoff, who was later convicted of defrauding clients, had set up a growing lobbying practice. One of the firm’s biggest clients in the late 1990s was the Northern Mariana Islands, which was exempt from federal minimum wage and immigration laws but could sell products under a “Made in the U.S.A.” label.
Large textile manufacturers set up production on the islands. Migrant workers, typically from China and the Philippines, worked long hours for low pay and lived in squalid, crowded dormitories. A 1997 federal government report concluded that nearly the entire private-sector labor force of the commonwealth consisted of “essentially indentured alien workers.” The report said that foreign women were often coerced into prostitution, and that those who refused were sometimes raped or tortured." - NY Times
TakeAway: "Fool Me Once, Shame on You; Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me." Trump's anti-union crew belongs in the HALL OF SHAME.
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