Trumka: Why Trump’s Cabinet Picks Should Worry You

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, "If [president-electTrump] is willing to work with us, consistent with our values, we are ready to work with him." (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Reprinted from the AFL-CIO’s Now by Richard Trumka on December 16, 2016.

“The vast majority of Americans, no matter their candidate of choice, voted to rewrite the economic rules that have for too long left working people weaker and poorer,” writes AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. “When it comes to the economic security of our families and communities, one of the most important decisions every incoming president must make is choosing who will serve in his or her Cabinet. These are immensely powerful positions that have a direct say on everything from wages to workplace safety to consumer protection to good schools to health and retirement security.

“Unfortunately, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominations run counter to the express wishes of the American people. Instead of putting forward public servants dedicated to building an economy that works for all of us, the president-elect has opted to reward the authors and beneficiaries of our broken economic rules.

“Andrew Puzder, the nominee for Labor Secretary, routinely violates federal labor law. Steven Mnuchin, the nominee for Treasury Secretary, helped cause the Great Recession and got rich by foreclosing on homeowners. Betsy DeVos, the nominee for Education Secretary, is an outspoken enemy of public education. And Congressman Tom Price, the nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary, wants to destroy Medicare as we know it, privatize Social Security and strip away access to affordable health insurance. …

AFL-CIO now 12/16

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