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Is Trump truly a friend to labor?

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No, not at all. Paul Waldman’s column is worth reading in its entirety, but check out this extract:

But what has Trump done to help ease the burden on workers and expand opportunity? Here are a few things:

  • Tried to take health coverage away from millions of low-income workers
  • Revoked an order by Obama requiring large federal contracts to go only to companies that weren’t guilty of violating labor laws
  • Nominated to be labor secretary the head of a fast-food company notorious for its abuse and exploitation of low-wage workers (the nominee later withdrew)
  • Appointed anti-labor nominees to the National Labor Relations Board
  • Moved to undo the Obama administration’s regulation expanding overtime pay for millions of workers
  • Proposed to cut the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health by 40 percent
  • Pushed back regulations forcing companies to protect worker safety and inform workers of hazards
  • Argued in court that employers should be able to force workers to give up their right to file class-action lawsuits
  • Reversed the Obama administration’s crackdown on for-profit education scams that saddle people with worthless degrees and huge debt
  • Promoted “right to work” laws that hamper unions’ ability to organize

And now we get to the centerpiece of the Trump administration economic plan: A gigantic tax cut for the wealthy and corporations! Of course. On one hand, Trump keeps saying that the economy is doing spectacularly, regularly issuing triumphant tweets about the latest stock market high and saying things like “I’ve created over a million jobs since I’m president.” On the other hand, he says that we absolutely must save the economy, and only this tax cut can do the job.

Written by Leisureguy

4 September 2017 at 11:23 am

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