White House Talks to Some Unions

From Politico’s Morning Report:

TRUMP’S DOOR ALWAYS OPEN, BUT ONLY FOR CERTAIN UNIONS: At the North America’s Building Trades Unions Conference in April, President Donald Trump told attendees that “America’s labor leaders will always find an open door with Donald Trump.” But that’s not quite right, the Associated Press reports. Trump has welcomed to the White House union representatives for the construction trades as well as workers in the auto, steel and coal mining industries who supported him during the election. But “there’s been no White House invitation for other unions representing the sprawling but shrinking pool of 14.6 million workers who collectively bargain with employers in the labor movement.” For example, the administration did not invite the two largest teacher unions- the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers- to White House sessions with teachers and other educators, hosted by Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.”

“Much like President Ronald Reagan did, Trump is not so much pursuing a labor agenda but one that appeals to those who share his ‘Buy American, Hire American’ priorities and happen to be union members.” More here.

SPEAKING OF UNIONS AND TRUMP: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said over the weekend that recent conversations with Trump about manufacturing were “not very satisfying.” In an interview with the Tribune-Review, Trumka said that the president “only talked about eliminating regulations … he thought if he did that, manufacturing would come out.” Trumka added that Trump “didn’t understand- or at least we didn’t talk about- how everything interacts: how trade policy and tax policy and infrastructure all interact with manufacturing.” More here.

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