Thursday, December 8, 2016

Trump Attacks Indiana Union Leader

Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers 1999 in Indianapolis, did some checking on President-elect Donald Trump's claim to have saved 1100 Carrier workers' jobs from being moved to Mexico. What he found out from Carrier adminstrators, was that the actual number was about 800, and that Trump's count included research and development jobs that we never going to move. In an interview with CNN (below), Jones said he is grateful for Trump's intervention to save 800 jobs, but he was concerned that many workers at Carrier thought their jobs had been preserved when they weren't.

For trying to be honest with Carrier workers, Jones was rewarded by being personally attacked by the President-elect of the United States in a Tweet, which said: "Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!"

After campaigning for two years on the idea that manufacturing jobs were leaving the country because of taxes and regulations, Trump's legendary thin-skin (Remember Hillary's warning about a president who "can be provoked by a Tweet"?) prompted him to declare that job flight was actually the fault of workers in a second tweet: "If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana. Spend more time working-less time talking. Reduce dues."

How long will workers tolerate being lied to and insulted by the President who promised to be their voice?

Read more about the attack on Chuck Jones here.