CLEVELAND - "The GOP platform does not represent the interests of working people," Harriet Applegate, executive secretary of the North Shore Federation of Labor told a well-attended press conference July 17, the day before the Republican National Convention was set to open here.
The event featured former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, now mounting a tough challenge for U.S. Senate against incumbent GOP Sen. Rob Portman, as well as three workers impacted by Republican anti-labor policies.
"Portman has endorsed Trump," the presumptive GOP nominee for president "and served as the trade representative of Pres. George W. Bush," Strickland said. "He voted for NAFTA, CAFTA and eight other trade agreements that cost 300,000 good-paying American jobs."
"The Koch Brothers have spent $32 million on TV ads" to get Portman re-elected, Strickland said, adding that Portman has also voted to defund Planned Parenthood and to oppose pay equity for women. "Trump and Portman are both anti-worker and anti-women.
"They are both in the pockets of their corporate funders."More ...