Leo W. Gerard

President’s Perspective

Leo W. Gerard USW International President

Donald Destructo

Donald Trump has perfected the swagger and boast of a professional wrestler.

While a guy like World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon is full of fake bluster and brashness for the sake of TV ratings, Donald Trump is the real McCoy: A reckless bully.  

That violent, provocative behavior makes Trump far too dangerous to get anywhere near nuclear codes. For Americans who want peace and security, not war, this man is too risky to inhabit the White House.   

That’s what 50 former national security officials whose careers span more than four decades said in a letter last week. They are Republicans. They include a former director of the CIA, the first director of national intelligence, and two former secretaries of homeland security. They warned Trump would be treacherous as president.  

And that was before Trump suggested in a speech last week that “Second Amendment” supporters assassinate Hillary Clinton if she’s elected so she can’t nominate judges to the Supreme Court. 

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Is Making Corporations Pay Wages “Burdensome Government Regulation?”

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson Fellow, Campaign for America's Future

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Republicans in general say “burdensome government regulations” are holding the economy back. Phrases like that sure sound ominous, as does another Republican favorite, “big government.” But what do the words actually mean?

Trump: “We’re going to get rid of all these ridiculous – everything is so bad – we’re going to get rid of the regulations that are just destroying us.”

In Trump’s Detroit “economic speech” he said, “The U.S. economy today is twenty-five percent smaller than it would have been without the surge of regulations since 1980. It is estimated that current overregulation is costing our economy as much as $2 trillion dollars a year – that’s money taken straight out of cities like yours.” (By the way, 1980 was the year Ronald Reagan was elected.)

What Are “Burdensome Regulations?”

“Burdensome regulations” is a vague term that sounds bad, like “big government.” What happens when you look at specifics? What are Trump and the Republicans talking about?

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Trump and Pence's Union-Busting Is Nailed Into the GOP Presidential Platform

Berry Craig

Berry Craig AFT Local 1360

Donald Trump brags that he has “tremendous support within unions.” He claims, “The workers of this country are going to vote for me, [because] I’m going to create jobs.”

Jobs? Trump, the narcissistic, neo-Know Nothing GOP presidential nominee, has yet to reveal anything remotely resembling a comprehensive jobs plan. Meanwhile, he's paying workers in China and other low-wage countries to make his line of duds and other products.

Unions? Trump says he prefers "right to work" states to non-right to work states like Kentucky. He chose a running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who is gung-ho for RTW. (So are Kentucky Tea Party Republicans, Gov. Matt Bevin and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton.

Trump is cool with U.S. companies exiting one state for another. In other words, he’s down with bosses busting unions in non-right to work states and moving to right to work states.

At the same time, Trump has battled to keep his Las Vegas hotel workers from organizing a union.

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More Than 180,000 Virginians Still Can’t Vote A Month After Governor Promised To Restore Rights

Alice Ollstein Political Reporter, Think Progress

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has not kept the bold promise he made in July to sign 200,000 individual clemency grants in two weeks, to allow Virginians with felony records be able to vote this November.

On Monday, nearly a month later, McAuliffe announced that he had restored the rights of nearly 13,000 ex-offenders who had already tried to register to vote, but whose registrations were nullified by the Virginia Supreme Court.

“Extending voting rights to people who are living, working and paying taxes in our community is not a partisan act,” McAuliffe said, addressing accusations that the move is designed to help Hillary Clinton win the swing state in November. “I say to Democrats and Republicans alike: ‘Go earn these Virginians’ votes.’”

“I have a duty to all Virginians,” he added, “and I will not let them be condemned for eternity as inferior, second class citizens.”

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Fight for $15 Convention Votes To Continue Drive Beyond 2016 Election

Mark Gruenberg

Mark Gruenberg Editor, Press Associates Union News

Some 3,000 fast food, retail, warehouse and other low-income workers from around the nation, representing the nationwide Fight for 15 And A Union movement, have voted to continue their drive far beyond this year’s election. And they’ve linked economic and racial injustice together.

In addition, the movement plans demonstrations at the sites of the three presidential debates. And it will stage another nationwide fast-food walkout on Sept. 12 as part of what organizers call a “moral revival.” The last fast-food strike, on April 14, saw workers at 320 cities walk out. Workers in another 60 cities worldwide also struck in sympathy.  

Encouraged and supported by Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry and Moral Mondays movement leader the Rev. William Barber, the delegates also took time out from their conclave to march through downtown Richmond, Va., site of their meeting. Dozens of United Food and Commercial Workers joined them.

In a direct message to the two major political parties, the marchers’ main chant was, “If you want our vote, come get our vote!” by supporting their cause.

They chose Richmond, Fight for 15 said, because it was the capital of the Confederacy – and because state governments of the old Confederacy have been the most-resistant to workers’ rights to a decent wage and to unions.

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Tell Me Again Whose Pay is Outrageous?

Tell Me Again Whose Pay is Outrageous?

Union Matters

Debbie Wasserman Schultz' Failed Leadership Facilitated Passage of Fast-Track

Hugh J. Campbell

Hugh J. Campbell Son of a steelworker, Philadelphia, Pa.

The Sept. 21, 2014 article Dems turn on Wasserman Schultz reports that the perception of critics is that Debbie Wasserman Schultz spends more energy tending to her own political ambitions than helping Democrats win. This includes using meetings with DNC donors to solicit contributions for her own PAC and campaign committee, traveling to uncompetitive districts to court House colleagues for her potential leadership bid and having DNC-paid staff focus on her personal political agenda.

The 2014 mid-term election resulted in a loss of 13 Democratic House seats and 9 Democratic Senate seats. As disconcerting as this appeared to the Obama White House, the Republican representatives and Senators who gained these seats more than provided President Obama with the margin of victory necessary to pass Fast Track in June 2015, which improved his chances to get  the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal passed. 

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