Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board ordered Donald Trump to sit down with the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 workers at his Las Vegas hotel. His employees voted to join the Culinary Union in December of 2015, but Trump has since stalled nearly a year, refusing to recognize the workers’ rights and bargain with them.
Even worse, Trump intimidated his workers as they sought to unionize, threatening their jobs.
That contempt is representative of Donald Trump’s career of stiffing small business owners and disrespecting working families. “I fight the unions very hard,” Donald Trump brags. And on that, if nothing else, the Republican nominee practices what he preaches.
Trump says he and Mike Pence will bring back jobs, but when you get past the empty rhetoric, Trump-Pence’s anti-working families record and agenda speaks for itself:
Outsourcing and Boosting Outsourcing Companies
- Trump: Trump has styled himself as an opponent of outsourcing, but he’s hypocritically not only profited off the outsourcing companies he criticizes, but also outsourced the production of his Trump-branded products and imported foreign workers at prolific levels.
- Pence: Pence has done his part to facilitate outsourcing, too — and used taxpayer funds to do it, approving $24 million in incentives for companies that offshored jobs.
- Trump: Trump has said “our wages are too high” and, even worse, he’s called for an end to the federal minimum wage.
- Pence: When he was in Congress, then-Rep. Pence in 2007 fought to keep the federal minimum wage at $5.15, arguing, “[a]n excessive increase in the minimum wage will hurt the working poor.” In line with his view that working families didn’t deserve a pay raise, as governor of Indiana, Pence in 2013 signed a law “prohibit[ing] local governments from requiring businesses [to] pay a higher minimum wage…if it’s not mandated by state or federal law.”
- Trump: Trump has said, “I fight the unions very hard.” And he’s touted “Right to work for less” statutes, saying in February, “I love the right to work” and “I like [right to work] better.”
- Pence: Pence fought to defend Indiana’s anti-working
families “Right to work for less” law, and succeeded when it was upheld by the Indiana Supreme Court. At the time celebrated the decision “a victory for the freedom of every Hoosier in the workplace.”
- Trump: “Once you get it where everybody gets the same, I mean, you’re into a socialistic society.”
- Pence: During his time in Congress, Pence opposed equal pay legislation and on three occasions — in 2007 and twice in 2009 — voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
- And then there’s Trump-Pence tax plan — which would add $10 trillion in debt — would disproportionately boot top income-earners. Trump’s tax proposal would also, among other
Published: Nov 4, 2016