Trump talks a big game on creating good manufacturing jobs in the United States, but his business practices say otherwise.
A new study by Newsweek shows Trump purchased steel from Chinese manufacturers rather than from U.S. producers, in at least two of his three recent construction projects.
Did it somehow slip his mind there are steel manufacturers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin?
Newsweek points out there's nothing illegal about Trump using foreign materials and manufacturers, but it's laughable to think Trump has ever really cared about America's manufacturing.
Steel Workers president Leo Gerard said that his union, “though not surprised by Trump’s actions, is furious over his efforts to undercut key American manufacturing jobs in the construction of his buildings he so often brags about.” Gerard called the revelation “a shocking exposé on Trump’s plan to not only buy his steel and aluminum from the Chinese, but to use shell companies and corporate black holes to try and hide his greed even as he was planning to run for president.”
On this week’s labor calendar, hotel workers and their allies will picket the Trump Hotel at 11th and Pennsylvania this Thursday at noon; Unite Here has launched a national boycott of Trump businesses; get details and the complete line-up of labor events at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1933, six days into a cotton field strike by 18,000 Mexican and Mexican-American workers in Pixley, California, four strikers were killed and six wounded; eight growers were indicted and charged with murder.
Today’s labor quote is by Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King, who said, “We do not boycott to put anyone out of business. We are boycotting to put justice into business.”