Site Map Icon
RSS Feed icon
 
 
 
April 26, 2018

On This Day in 1944

On the orders of President Roosevelt, the U.S. Army seizes the Chicago headquarters of the unionized Montgomery Ward & Co. after management defies the National Labor Relations Board.
- Union Communication Services


Member Login
Username:

Password:


Not registered yet?
Click Here to sign-up

Forgot Your Login?

Labor Headlines

US labor news headlines from LabourStart

Kochs and DeVos are funding group discrediting teacher strikes
L.A. Times Union Finds Longstanding Racial Pay Gap
Lest we forget: What Cuomo Said about Public Schools and Teachers in His Last Campaign
Good News: Pittsburgh Will Drop Teacher Performance Pay and Raise Salaries
Democrats love unions. Just not for their own campaign workers
Trump promises 'open door' to labor leaders
Posted On: Apr 04, 2017

By Mark Gruenberg
PAI Staff Writer

WASHINGTON (PAI) — Saying “America’s labor leaders will always find an open door with Donald Trump,” the new Republican U.S. president made one of the few specific pledges to some 3,000 delegates from Building Trades unions gathered in a D.C. hall.

Trump was the last speaker in the two-day legislative and political conference sponsored by North America’s Building Trades – the old AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department. “You can talk with a president who knows how much concrete and rebar you can lay in a single day,” he added, referring to his pre-presidential career as a developer. Reactions to Trump’s speech were mixed, ranging from “He was fine. He was good” from Teamsters President Jim Hoffa to “He never mentioned the word ‘union.’ Take note of that,” from John Driscoll of Elevator Constructors Local 17.

And Trump drew a smattering of boos when he took several digs at his predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama. “The era of economic surrender has come to an end,” he stated.

But Trump received a prompted ovation when he declared “when you see your legislators, you can tell them the American building trades and its president are very much united.”

The delegates took time out from their lobbying of lawmakers to listen to Trump and other invited speakers from both parties. On Capitol Hill, two key causes of the building trades are preserving the Davis-Bacon Act’s prevailing wage rules and emphasizing the value of Project Labor Agreements. Trump mentioned neither.

Instead, his speech mixed in a few specifics among general praise for the workers’ efforts. “It’s time we give you the level playing field you deserve,” he said at one point, without saying how. Trump also wants building tradespeople to help restore “cities with abandoned buildings and rusted-out” infrastructure, such as Detroit and Baltimore.

He also mentioned the infrastructure bill he plans to unveil soon, but without specifics. His specifics included:

• Reminding the crowd that he formally withdrew the U.S. from the jobs-destroying Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. He called it “another NAFTA, and it would have been a greater disaster.”

• Pledging that in future pipeline construction projects, which he intends to approve, “From now on, we’ll put in a clause: It’s gotta be American steel, made in America.” He admitted, however, that 61 percent of the steel in the Keystone Pipeline’s northern leg -- one of the two controversial projects he has OKd – was made abroad. Union members are building Keystone under a Project Labor Agreement signed years ago. “Over the next 7-3/4 years – I hope – we’ll believe in two simple rules: Buy American and hire American,” he said. “We didn’t just offshore American jobs. We offshored the American Dream.” Trump had Building Trades President Sean McGarvey and three union presidents with him in the Oval Office three days after the inauguration, where he announced he wanted Keystone and the Dakota Access Pipeline built.

• Reiterated his campaign theme of cracking down on immigration to the U.S. by building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “We’re going to protect your jobs by protecting our borders,” he said, before claiming that “a record decline in illegal immigration of 61 percent in one month. That may not be as a result of Trump’s speeches: The Pew Hispanic Center, a think tank, noted that illegal immigration fell by two-thirds from 2005-2009, for example.

• Pledged to reduce the amount of time, and the number of permits, a construction project needs before ground-breaking. Pausing a moment for an aide to bring out a timeline chart, and holding it up, Trump said that some projects take 10 years or more to get all their permits “and then they get voted down.” By contrast, construction of the Empire State Building – he lauded the Ironworkers for that – took only 13 months from the idea to the topping-off.

Of such a process, Trump predicted the workers would, in revitalizing cities “rise above the cynics” and “erect new bridges, new schools, and new landmarks and raise up a bright American flag” over them “to rebuild the country and America’s destiny.”

In a random sample of reactions, workers were not united. Besides Hoffa and Driscoll, comments from others included:

• “I’m not a fan, so I’m not gonna say,” said Carl Dodge of the Operating Engineers.

• “I hope that what he’s saying is true. It’s not about R or D, it’s about jobs,” said Roxana Mejia of Painters Local 51 in the D.C. area.

• “Outside of a few odd remarks, I’d say it was mostly positive,” added Steam and Pipefitters Local 25 President Pete Wohlgezogen of Gardena, Calif. “Reducing the permits is starting to get us more work” on pipelines.

• “It was a bunch of sound bites from his campaign,” said Don MacLeod of the Laborers. “He talked about leveling the playing field, but he didn’t say what that meant.”

• “I don’t believe he’s for the American worker. I believe he’s for corporate America and profits,” said Mike Gleiforst of Elevator Constructors Local 25 of Lakewood and Sheridan, Colo.

• “I’m pleased that he came. To have a sitting president here is huge,” said Marion Davis, director of the Teamsters’ Building and Construction Trades Division. “We’re excited. He’s the president and it would be foolish not to work with him. Trump’s impact, Davis added, has “showed up already in the pipeline industry” where the Teamsters have 5,000 members. “

“If he keeps all his promises, he’ll be very good,” Wayne Olson of Sheet Metal Workers Local 7 in Miami concluded. “Hopefully, with the right people, he will.”


 


General Membership Meetings
Baltimore: May 6, 2018 @ 10 a.m.
Salisbury: May 13
, 2018 @ 10 a.m.
The Salisbury meeting will be held
at the Hampton Inn Salisbury,
121 East Naylor Mill Road, Salisbury, Md. 21801








UnionActive Newswire
 
Join the Newswire!
Updated: Apr. 26 (06:59)

Services Information for Brother Bryan Correa
IATSE Local 33
Teamsters Local 142 Charity Car and Bike Show
Teamsters Local Union No. 142
Teamsters Local 142 Golf Outing 2018
Teamsters Local Union No. 142
Travis Hagewood Fundraiser
Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO
2018 Cesar Chavez March
New Mexico Hospital Workers Union
National Safety & Standards Director Letter to AMFA Membership
AMFA
 
     

 
 
Teamsters Local 355
Copyright © 2018, All Rights Reserved.
Powered By UnionActive™

744170 hits since Jan 01, 2010
Visit Unions-America.com!

Top of Page image