Union boss lam­bastes Trump dur­ing ap­peal

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dave Boyer

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.


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