Reprinted from The Nation by Helaine Olen on September 1, 2017.
“A few months ago, President Donald Trump devoted his weekly address to the beleaguered American employee,” writes Helaine Olen in The Nation. “’For too long, American workers were forgotten by their government—and I mean totally forgotten,’ he said. ‘My administration has offered a new vision. The well-being of the American citizen and worker will be placed second to none.’
“No doubt he’ll come up with more pro-worker blather for Labor Day. Don’t listen. The only way Trump is helping the average employee is if you consider The Simpsons’ Mr. Burns a working stiff.
“The rollback of labor rights and protections since Trump took office is staggering. It puts worker safety at risk and guarantees that many workers will earn less, but that’s not all. Measures to help victims of discrimination receive redress are on the scrap heap. Unions are running scared. ‘It’s a death by a thousand cuts,’ explains Heidi Shierholz, a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute.