Donald Trump Gets Good Factory Job Numbers in his First Full Month

Matthew McMullan

Matthew McMullan Communications Manager, Alliance for American Manufacturing

President Donald Trump rails against “dishonest” media all the time. Doesn’t like bad press, apparently! Well. He’ll like this headline:

U.S. Jobs, Pay Show Solid Gains in Trump's First Full Month

That’s right: Today is jobs day, and the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its employment report. Trump used to call the jobs report “phony” when it was expedient for him to do so – meaning, when he wasn’t president – but he sure likes them now!

Anyway, in February the economy created 28,000 manufacturing jobs. Yes, yes: Employment is cyclical, and the jobs report might reflect some of that. Nevertheless, we think 28,000 new manufacturing jobs is a good sign for the economy, and the president's first full jobs report is good news.

Here’s what Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul said:

"Factory workers received some good news today. The manufacturing sector has seen growth the last few months, showing that revitalization is possible with the right policies.

"If this growth is to continue, the administration and Congress must commit to sustainable infrastructure investment with Buy American preferences, strong trade enforcement, smart tax policies, and tools that address currency manipulation.

"Working-class voters are watching, and they are counting on action."

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This was reposted from AAM.

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Union Matters

Freight can’t wait

From the USW

From tumbledown bridges to decrepit roads and failing water systems, crumbling infrastructure undermines America’s safety and prosperity. In coming weeks, Union Matters will delve into this neglect and the urgent need for a rebuilding campaign that creates jobs, fuels economic growth and revitalizes communities.

A freight train hauling lumber and nylon manufacturing chemicals derailed, caught fire and caused a 108-year-old bridge to collapse in Tempe, Ariz., this week, in the second accident on the same bridge within a month.

The bridge was damaged after the first incident, according to Union Pacific railroad that owns the rail bridge, and re-opened two days later. 

The official cause of the derailments is still under investigation, but it remains clear that the failure to modernize and maintain America’s railroad infrastructure is dangerous. 

In 2019, 499 trains that derailed were found to have defective or broken track, roadbed or structures, according to the Federal Railroad Administration’s database of safety analysis.

While railroad workers’ unions have called for increased safety improvements, rail companies have also used technology and automation as an excuse to downsize their work forces.

For example, rail companies have implemented a cost-saving measure known as Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR), which has resulted in mass layoffs and shoddy safety protocols. 

Though privately-owned railroads have spent significantly to upgrade large, Class I trains, regional Class II trains and local, short-line Class III trains that carry important goods for farmers and businesses still rely on state and local funds for improvements. 

But cash-strapped states struggle to adequately inspect new technologies and fund safety improvements, and repairing or replacing the aging track and rail bridges will require significant public investment.

A true infrastructure commitment will not only strengthen the country’s railroad networks and increase U.S. global economic competitiveness. It will also create millions of family-sustaining jobs needed to inspect, repair and manufacture new parts for mass transit systems, all while helping to prevent future disasters.

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