Union boss lambastes Trump during appeal
Even as President Trump called on the nation’s building trade unions Tuesday to pressure Congress to approve a massive $1 trillion infrastructure plan, the head of the AFL-CIO said Wall Street was “hijacking” Mr. Trump’s agenda.
Speaking at a trade union conference in Washington, Mr. Trump urged iron workers, plumbers and electricians to remind lawmakers that labor now has a friend in the White House.
“All of you have come to the nation’s capital to call on members of the House and Senate to action,” Mr. Trump said.
But moments after Mr. Trump finished his address, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told an audience across town that Mr. Trump “needs to decide who he stands with — the coal miners, farmers, steelworkers and other regular
Americans who he promised to help in the campaign, or the Wall Street tycoons who are rigging the economy at our expense.”
“This decision will be the single greatest test of his presidency,” Mr. Trumka said. “We are closing in on the first 100 days of President Trump’s administration, and two very different factions have emerged. There is a Wall Street wing that undermines Donald Trump’s promises to workers, and a competing wing that could win the progress working people need.”
The labor chief criticized Mr. Trump for promoting the failed American Health Care Act that would have repealed and replaced Obamacare, and for proposing a federal budget that would cut job-training programs.
Mr. Trump should "call for an end to workplace intimidation, reject ‘right to work’ once and for all and promote and protect the freedom of every single worker to form or join a union and bargain for a better life,” Mr. Trumka said.