American Prospect: Trump’s War on Workers

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Reprinted from The American Prospect by on September 26, 2020.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump famously pledged: “The jobs, incomes, and security of the American worker will always be my first priority.”

But at every opportunity—whether in appointing pro-corporate, anti-worker nominees to the courts, key agencies and positions; using his executive power; or spearheading legislation—President Trump’s track record has been exactly the opposite. Trump and his appointees have consistently and aggressively:

  • adopted policies that take money out of workers’ pockets;
  • undermined workers’ ability to bargain together for better pay and working conditions;
  • and failed to protect workers’ health and safety on the job, most disastrously during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are so many examples of Trump’s anti-worker priorities, from tax policies to job losses resulting from his pandemic blunders, that they fill a whole new report from the Economic Policy Institute, where I serve as president.  Our report capped the list of ways the Trump administration has hurt workers at 50—because of space limitations. …

TAP 9/26

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