November 12, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
Washington, DC – AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka says more than anything the presidential election was an indictment of politics as usual. Trumka says for too long political elites embraced economic policies that “hold down wages, increase inequality, diminish opportunity and ship American jobs overseas.”
Trump made many promises to workers on trade, restoring manufacturing and reviving communities. Trumka says the labor movement will work to make promises of better lives for working people real.
Labor will work with the new president if he’s willing to work with labor. But Trumka says labor can never back down from its values. He says the campaign’s racism, misogyny and anti-immigrant appeals caused damage that must be repaired. The labor movement, Trumka says, is more committed than ever to help working people win a voice on the job and in our democracy.