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Busting the Trump-is-pro-union myth

Berry Craig
01 Sep, 2022
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AFT Local 1360

Myths abound, from Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster to Unicorns and the Easter Bunny.

But there’s one myth that’s in a class all by itself: the whopper that Donald Trump is pro-union. "Donald Trump likes to portray himself as pro-worker but like many of his assertions, this is a flat-out lie," LiUNA! Chicago warned as the 2020 presidential election neared.

Despite a mountain of evidence that Trump was the most anti-union president since Herbert Hoover, the myth persists. Sadly, some union members believe it.

Trump’s own words are a good place to start: “I like 'right to work.' I mean my position on ‘right to work’ is 100 percent,” he said on the 2016 campaign trail in South Carolina, which has been a RTW state since 1954. It's no coincidence that RTW states are the poorest states.

Anyway, it's time for some myth-busting with hard, cold facts. Check this out:

-- Democracy Journal: The myth of a pro-union Trump

-- AFL-CIO: When Donald Trump had a choice, he close nonunion labor for his construction projects with IBEW

-- CWA: Trump's anti-worker record.

-- EPI: The Trump administration's attacks on workplace union voting rights forewarned of the broader threats to voting rights in the upcoming election

-- LiUNA! Chicago: Anti-union actions by the Trump administration

-- Northwest Labor Press: Four years of Trump: The record speaks for itself

-- NFFE: President Trump's union-busting executive orders: What you need to know 

-- People's World: By a thousand cuts, Trump trying to exterminate unions

-- Labor Notes: Trump's anti-worker labor board

-- The American Prospect: Here's how Trump has waged his war on workers

-- St. Louis-/Southern Illinois Labor Tribune: 50 ways Donald Trump has hurt workers and their families

-- Coastal Bend Labor Council: Is Trump a champion of workers? His anti-union policies indicate otherwise 

-- IUPAT DC 82: Abridged list: the Trump administration's attacks on working people

-- Jacobin: Trump claims he's pro-worker. But his labor board is trying to destroy worker organizing

-- ACT OHIO: Anti-worker NLRB rulings and the Trump administration