A Message To Union Members From International Union Of Elevator Constructors General President Frank Christensen: “If You Voted For Trump, You Paved The Way For An All-Out Attack On Unions”
St. Louis Labor Tribune Editor’s Note: Frank Christensen is the General President of the 25,000-Member International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC). He was the longest-serving Business Manager of Elevator Constructors Local 2 in its history and was the Chairman of the Illinois Elevator Safety Board from its inception in 2003 to 2013.
I have been sounding the alarm for years now.
I know that some of you who voted for Trump have been holding out hope that your vote would not be abused by the person you trusted to run our country, but that is exactly what has happened.
By virtue of the check you collect each week, the Union Card you carry in your pocket, and the Local Union that is proud to call you Brother or Sister, you are the Union - and President Trump is no friend to Unions.
Look no further than the latest ruling from the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board), the Labor Board appointed by Trump.
The NLRB, rather Trump’s NLRB, just passed a ruling that makes it easier for employers to kick out Unions.
Now employers can file a pending withdrawal of a Union a full 90 days before a contract expires so that the minute the contract expires the Union is forced out.
The ousted Union will have to work its way back into the employer from scratch and will only have 45 days in which to file a petition for a new election.
This ruling rolls clocks back on everything Unions have worked for.
This is how a Trump-appointed NLRB works for Organized Labor.
Let’s not forget the NLRB’s General Counsel is seeking to ban the use of inflatables and stationary banners used by countless Unions during jobsite actions.
The General Counsel is asserting inflatables can feel threatening and are a form of intimidation - while the banners can be misleading.
The irony in this is incredible because intimidation and misinformation have been the hallmarks of President Trump’s Presidency.
Isn’t this an ultimate display of hypocrisy?
Don’t you think the words of the supposed Leader of the Free World have far more impact, more far-reaching impact, than an inanimate inflatable and banner?
Another double standard.
So as we continue to look ahead at the next Presidential Election, I have to remind you of how blessed we are, or rather, what we stand to lose with another four years of Trump.
These past few years have been very difficult for Labor, moreso than perhaps most of you realize.
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