Law and Politics

Reposted: Trump Doesn't Give a Crap About White Workers

January 31, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Editors's Note: Legendary investigative journalist Wayne Barrett was laid to rest this past week after a long battle with cancer.  We repost this article, containing some of the interview Wayne gave to LaborPress last September, in his honor. Wayne's educated take on then presidential candidate Donald J. Trump is worth repeating. 

The late Wayne Barrett (right) knew all about Donald Trump.

New York, NY - Some frustrated white working class men and women left cold by the neoliberal policies of the Democratic Party elite may think that they have an ally in Donald Trump — but the legendary NYC journalist who has been following Trump for the last four decades, said at City Limits’ 40th anniversary bash on Monday night, that the Republican nominee “doesn’t give a crap” about white working class voters and has a long history of sacrificing their interests for personal gain. 

Labor Coalition Uses a Big Stick Against Union Busters & Climate Change Deniers

January 24, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Union worker whacks a piñata outside City Hall on Monday.

New York, NY - A grassroots coalition of community groups and unions took a big stick to Donald Trump’s cabinet of climate change deniers and anti-labor crusaders on Monday morning, urging the New York City Council to enact a bold new strategy for renewable solar energy that benefits both the environment and workers alike.

Letter to President Donald Trump

January 22, 2017  
By Seth Bornstein, Executive Director, Queens Economic Development Corp.

Dear President Trump:

Washington, DC - The peaceful transition of power in this country is remarkable. Since George Washington handed over the reins of government to John Adams in 1797, we have set the standard for the rest of the world.

NYC to Trump and Pal Puzder: You're Not Normal!

January 14, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Fast food workers Jorel Ware, Shantel Walker and City Council Member Core Johnson join others in jeering the Puzder nomination.

New York, NY - The union behind pioneering fast food workers in New York City teamed up with City Council Speaker Melissa-Mark Viverito and other elected officials on Thursday to denounce fast food kingpin Andy Puzder’s nomination as U.S. Labor Secretary — and to urge Congressional Democrats to grill the CEO like a well-done burger during upcoming confirmation hearings in February. 

Why Andrew Puzder’s Appointment Would Violate Labor Law

January 10, 2017 
By Alexander Schmidt
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP

New York, NY - The law creating the Department of Labor and the Secretary of Labor position was signed by President Taft in 1913.  The law resulted from a five-decade organized labor effort to create a cabinet-level voice for workers within the government who had an unequivocal mandated duty to advance the interests of working people.

Labor Should Work to Impeach & Imprison Trump

January 6, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Priority No. One: Dump Trump.

Reporter’s Notebook

Brooklyn, NY -  So, less than half of Americans participating in a new Gallup poll released earlier this week believe Donald J. Trump will be able to effectively carry out the basic duties of president. The only question now is — who in their right mind still believes that he can do the job?

KKK Giddy As System Designed By Slaveholders Trumps Popular Vote

December 24, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

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Washington, DC - The Electoral College cast it's votes for Trump for President Monday - using a system set up by slave owners designed to override the power of the popular vote.

Trump: Undermining Rights of American Workers

December 16, 2016 
By NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

Washington, DC - President-elect Trump’s reported choice to lead the Labor Department has done everything in his power to undermine the rights of American workers, from driving down wages to opposing overtime pay. Even worse, Andrew Puzder presided over a fast-food chain that repeatedly stole workers’ hard earned wages.

Senators Want Investigation Into Russian Election Hacking

December 13, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

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Washington, DC - A bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators say America should be alarmed by Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Carrier Union Leader Says Trump ‘Lied His Ass Off’

December 11, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Indianapolis, IN - United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones told the Washington Post Dec. 6 that Donald Trump had “lied his ass off” when telling workers at the Carrier air-conditioner plant here Dec. 1 that he’d worked out a deal to save more than 1,100 jobs. Carrier executives later told Jones that only 730 of the production jobs would stay, and 550 members of Local 1999 would be laid off.

Trump-Carrier Deal Is “Gaming the System,” Not Saving Jobs

December 10, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Indianapolis IN - President-elect Donald Trump’s Nov. 29 deal with the Carrier Corporation to give it $7 million in tax breaks will preserve about 800 jobs at its air-conditioner plant here—but another 600 workers will still be laid off, and Carrier’s parent company, United Technologies, will still close another plant in Huntington.

Trump Taps Minimum-Wage Foe for Secretary of Labor

December 9, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia

Washington, DC - President-elect Donald Trump, who on Dec. 7 picked a climate-change denier to head the Environmental Protection Agency, on Dec. 8 nominated a far-right fast-food executive to be Secretary of Labor.

USW 1999: Trump 'Lied His Ass Off' - Carrier Sends 550 Jobs To Mexico, Gets $7M

December 9, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

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Indianapolis, IN - Chuck Jones, President of United Steelworkers Local 1999 at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis, says Trump "lied his ass off" about saving Carrier jobs from being sent to Mexico. 

Anti-Union Groups Plan New Cases for Trump Supreme Court

December 9, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The likelihood of Donald Trump naming new justices to the Supreme Court has spurred anti-union groups to prepare new attempts to overturn labor-law protections.

Blue Collar Buzz: Trump's Existential Threat to Labor

December 8, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

AFT President Randi Weingarten is jeering Trump's cabinet picks.

New York, NY - The pall that’s settled over the House of Labor has two words written all over it: Donald Trump. And on this week’s episode of LaborPress’ Blue Collar Buzz featuring American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, United University Professions President Fred Kowal, Unite Here Organizer Andrew Tilllett-Saks and Labor 411 President Cherri Sender, and broadcasting Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 The Answer, we are digging in deep to fully examine what a Trump administration means for working men and women in this country. 

Dr. Jill Stein Joins Blue Collar Buzz!

November 30, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

Dr. Jill Stein.

New York, NY - Still reeling two weeks after the presidential election of Donald J. Trump, LaborPress’ Blue Collar Buzz this Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 The Answer, welcomes 2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein who talks about efforts to recount the vote in three swing states — as well as her thoughts on organized labor’s losing political strategy of backing entrenched establishment candidates like Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

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