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Are You A Working Person Who Voted For Trump? Then Read This: Here’s How Trump’s ‘Waged His War On Workers’

Published Tuesday, October 29, 2019
by Steven Greenhouse/Via The Prospect
Are You A Working Person Who Voted For Trump? Then Read This: Here’s How Trump’s ‘Waged His War On Workers’

When it comes to wowing Workers, Donald Trump is an absolute magician.

Through some mysterious sorcery, he has convinced millions of American Workers that he is their true friend, fighting hard for them, even though he and his appointees have taken one Anti-Worker action after another- in fact, dozens of them.

Yes, it is perplexing to many of us that so many Workers are still wowed by this Republican President - even when his Administration has rolled back overtime protections for millions of Workers and made it easier for Wall Street Firms to rip off Workers' 401(k)s (to cite just two of many such actions).

A Labor Leader recently explained to me, with considerable dismay, how Trump performs his magic on Workers.

Day after day, Trump pounds and pummels China over trade, and his macho trade war often dominates the headlines.

That, this Labor Leader said, convinces many Workers that Trump is their guy: While previous Presidents refused to stand up to China, he alone has bravely launched this trade war to make sure China stops cheating America - and American Workers.

The media trains its spotlight on this trade war day after day, while paying scant attention to the continuous stream of Anti-Worker and Anti-Union actions that Trump and his Administration have taken.

Not surprisingly, millions of Americans have little knowledge of Trump's flood of actions undermining Workers (Unless they are reading about it in Labor News Outlets such as

I once went to a Broadway theater to see a magician famed for his card tricks - and that has helped me understand how Trump works his magic.

With his strong voice and with one hand in the spotlight, that magician dazzled and did amazing tricks - but with his other hand, which was in the dark, he performed all but invisible sleight of hand that made those tricks and successes possible.

That's Trump: With one hand he enchants the crowd, while the other hand, outside the spotlight, steadily pushes down on and squeezes Workers day after day.

Think Tanks and Worker Advocates have compiled lengthy lists of Trump's Anti-Worker and Anti-Union actions - some more than 50 items long.

Herewith, a representative sample:

Trump has effectively scrapped the “Fiduciary” Rule that required Wall Street Firms to act in the best interests of Workers and Retirees in handling their 401(k)s - a move that could cost many Workers tens of thousands of dollarsTrump erased a rule that extended overtime pay to millions more Workers, a move that will deprive many Workers of thousands of dollars per year.

While Trump boasted that he is the best friend of Miners, his Labor Department pushed to relax rules for safety inspections in coal mines, but was stopped by a Federal Circuit Court.

Trump has made it easier to award Federal Contracts to companies that are repeat violators of Wage Laws, Sexual Harassment Laws, Racial Discrimination Laws or laws protecting Workers’ right to Unionize.

Trump has reversed a ban on a toxic pesticide, chlorpyrifos, that causes acute reactions in Farm Workers and does neurological damage to children.

He has greatly relaxed requirements for employers to report workplace injuries, making it harder for Workers to know how dangerous their workplace is and what hazards need correcting.

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