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Trumka Says Both Parties Are Ignoring Workers’ Interests

April 10, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Washington, DC- AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka criticized both political parties in a speech Apr. 4, charging that “Republicans, and too many Democrats, have rigged our economy to enrich a select few at the expense of everyday, hard-working Americans.”

“We’ll stand up to the corporate Republicans who attack working people and the neoliberal Democrats who take us for granted,” he said at the National Press Club. He said he was pleased that President Trump had nixed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and proposed a $1 trillion investment in America’s infrastructure, but was “concerned that the Wall Street wing of the White House is starting to hijack the agenda.” The President’s proposed budget fails as a “values document,” he said, because “You can’t say you’re for working people when your budget cuts infrastructure dollars for hundreds of necessary projects like upgrading Route 640 in Elkhorn City, Kentucky.” He also proposed changing federal labor law so collective bargaining isn’t limited only to unions recognized by employers, because every worker “should have the right to bargain with your coworkers for a better life. And employers should have to abide by that right.” Read more

April 11, 2017

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