How President Trump is Betraying Working Families

Even though his supporters like to portray him as a champion of the common people; President Donald J. Trump (R-New York) is systematically betraying working families.

Just a few examples of Trump’s betrayal of working and middle class Americans include:

  • The Republican healthcare bill; cynically called the Better Care Reconciliation Act, now before the U.S. Senate. This law would eliminate health-insurance for 22 million Americans; cut healthcare spending by $1 trillion, and end the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported. It would also raise the health insurance premium of a 64 year old who earned $26,500 a year by $4,800 a year, NBC News reported.

 

  • Back in December then President-elect Trump claimed to have brokered a deal to save the jobs of 700 union workers at a Carrier conditioner factory in Indianapolis. Just seven months later on June 23, 2017, CBS News reported that 600 of the saved jobs will be eliminated and moved to Monterey, Mexico. Despite that Carrier received $7 million in tax incentives from the state of Indiana. 

 

  • America’s trade deficit with China will grow because of a new trade deal announced by Trump’s Commerce Department on May 11, 2017, Forbes writer Gordon G. Chang noted. During last year’s campaign Trump had promised to protect American jobs with a 45% tariff on Chinese products.

 

  • Many additional American jobs might be threatened by Chinese imports under the new Trump trade deal.  “Therefore, don’t be surprised when Americans begin eating chicken, from the world’s No. 1 source of avian flu, and start getting cheap credit cards; and cheap credit, from Chinese banks,” Chang wrote.

 

  •  Trump revoked President Obama’s 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, NBC News reported. That order required federal contractors to comply with 14 labor and civil rights laws. It also banned forced arbitration clauses that barred women from suing employers because of sexual harassment or discrimination.

 

  •  Trump’s Justice Department wants to make arbitration agreements that strip workers of their ability to sue employers over abuses like wage theft legal. Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall has withdrawn from a case called Murphy Oil in which the National Labor Relations Board was trying to declare agreements that bar workers from participating in class action lawsuits illegal, The Huff Post reported. The Obama administration argued that the agreements were a violation of laws protecting workers rights to collective bargaining.

 

These are just a few examples of Trump’s betrayal of the working class. There is only way to prevent more betrayals; elect Democrats like Austin Songer to the House of Representatives.

Songer is dedicated to increasing workers’ rights by passing a law make it easier for employees to unionize. He also wants to expand laws that will force companies to negotiate with workers and binding arbitration that would force companies to comply with union contracts. Songer is also opposed to “right to work” laws that make unionization harder and is committing to preserving President Obama’s overtime rule that prevents wage theft.

Career Republican politicians like Peter Roskam (R-Illinois) see nothing wrong with Trump’s betrayal of the working class. The only way to protect working families from Trump; and Republicans like Roskam, is to elect a Democratic majority to Congress. 

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