Shortcut Navigation:


Trumka: Bad Trade Deals Kill American Jobs

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

In an op-ed that appeared in USA Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka explained why voters are so mad in this election:

Tuesday’s primary results in Michigan prove that Americans have a deep-seated opposition to job-killing trade policies. Politicians at all levels in both parties need to remember that consequences exist for dismissing the anger their constituents feel about bad trade deals.

This is playing out right now at an Indianapolis manufacturing plant. Maybe you’ve seen the wrenching video of Carrier President Chris Nelson telling workers that their jobs were being shipped to Mexico.

 Workers shouted and booed when Nelson said it was “strictly a business decision” made to “stay competitive and protect the business for the long term.”

Those Carrier workers are mad. We all should be. This isn’t a game. Plant closures disrupt lives, scatter families, empty schools and bankrupt communities. America’s economic rules are rigged to push every domestic manufacturer toward putting workers in that same terrible position.

Read the full op-ed.

The email address provided does not appear to be valid. Please check the address entered and try again.
Thank you for signing up to receive our blog alerts. You will receive your first email shortly.
Tagged under:
Labor 2016
Richard Trumka

Related Stories

Take Action

Protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has done crucial work to safeguard Americans against the deceptive and abusive practices of big banks, student loan servicers, credit card companies and predatory lenders. Tell Congress to protect this important agency.

Sign the petition. »

Connect With Us

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Flickr

Get Email from AFL-CIO

Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to 235246 to stop receiving messages. Text HELP to 235246 for more information.


Join Us Online