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MESSAGE FROM SECRETARY-TREASURER
Steven P. Vairma

Steve Vairma's Column:

Trump has big chance to be working class hero

President Trump will soon get an opportunity to prove that he really is a friend to all those workers who voted for him in November.  In fact, he will get two chances.

Will he veto two congressional proposals, one enacting  a national so-called right-to-work law and the other repealing the federal Davis-Bacon law?

Probably not.  Before the eletion the president said he favored right-to-work, and we have no reason to doubt him.

But if he wants to keep faith with his working class supporters he could veto the bills if they pass both houses of Congress.  We can hope the support he received from working men and women might persuade him not to diminish their standard of living, which would be the result if right-to-work is enacted.

Unions set wage standards for workers, both union and nonunion, in all states.  So if unions are less influential in collective bargaining, as they are in right-to-work states, all workers suffer.

RTW also negatively affects children's education, produces higher rates of workplace deaths, reduces job-provided health insurance and diminishes guaranteed retirement plans.  Right-to-work will totally stifle any effort to reduce the wage gap that has plagued American workers for three decades.  It will make it worse.

Right-to-work is a corporate dream and a worker's nightmare.

Since 1931, the Davis-Bacon Act has helped to ensure that fair wages are paid to workers on federal construction projects.  The bill to repeal the law was introduced recently in the U.S. Senate by Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona.

Senator Flake's proposal, the Transporation Investment Recalibration to Equity (TIRE) Act, would repeal Davis-Bacon.  The law requires all employees working under federal contracts to pay "prevaiing" wages to workers.  This ensures that contractors cannot gain an unfair bidding advantage by paying sub-standard wages.

In fact, starting wages on some jobs on the Trump administration's federal infrastructure project might be considerably lower than union wages, as low perhaps as the present minimum of $7.25 an hour.  That would not bode well for the American workforce.

Both of these ill conceived proposals will be seen eventually by workers and their advocates as another lap in the 30-year race to the economic cellar.

Will President Trump be there when we need him?

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  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

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    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

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