Trumka Calls Talks With Trump 'Not Very Satisfying’

May 12, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Pittsburg, PA - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said May 6 that his recent talks with President Donald Trump about how to revive manufacturing in the United States were “not very satisfying.”

“He only talked about eliminating regulations,” Trumka told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “He thought if he did that, manufacturing would come out. But he didn't understand—or at least we didn't talk about—how everything interacts: how trade policy and tax policy and infrastructure all interact with manufacturing.” He said he’d given Trump a 25-page list of issues the AFL-CIO feels hurt U.S. workers, and that the two had spoken about “virtually every issue you can think of: immigration, infrastructure, manufacturing, trade, all the health and safety standards that he was eliminating on things like silica and beryllium—things that hurt workers.” The AFL-CIO leader, who grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania, was in the area to give a commencement speech at Penn State’s Fayette campus, about 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh—the university he’d attended while working midnight shifts at a nearby coal mine. Read more


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