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  • 50 Reasons the Trump Administration is bad for workers
    Updated On: Oct 06, 2020

    IBEW FACT Sheet

    “50 Reasons the Trump Administration is bad for workers,” Economic Policy Institute, https://www.epi.org/publication/50-reasons/

    Donald Trump

    Donald Trump has been one of the most anti-union and anti-worker presidents in history. President Trump has appointed anti-union management attorneys to the National Labor Relations Board and as Secretary of Labor.1  These appointees have systematically undermined the right to organize, collectively bargain, and engage in protected, concerted activities.2

    For example, his appointees to the National Labor Relations Board have worked to:

    • Ban union organizers from employer properties, ban union discussions at work, and ban the use of work email in union organizing.
    • Allow employers to fire workers in retaliation for union activity.
    • Allow employers to discipline or terminate shop stewards for strong advocacy during investigations and grievance meetings.
    • Undermine the right to strike.
    • Expand management rights.
    • Increase liability to unions.
    • Make it harder for employees to unionize and easier to remove unions as their representative. 3

    President Trumps appointees have lowered OSHA protections4  and restricted overtime.5   He has appointed judges that, among other things, issued the Janus decision, which allow public employees who benefit from union representation not to pay their fair share for that representation.6    He repealed an executive order that protected service contract employees.7   He attacked apprenticeship and pensions.8   And a leaked White House memo encouraged administrative repeal of the Davis Bacon Act.9

    It is no surprise that Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has endorsed President Trump because of his promise to veto the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act” and his anti-union appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and federal courts.10

    Joe Biden

    Joe Biden has a strong position on unions and collective bargaining.11    As he notes on his website, “strong unions built the great American middle class.

    As President, Joe Biden will:

    • Strictly enforce Davis Bacon and prevailing wage laws.
    • Increase the federal minimum wage to $15/hour.
    • Ban so-called “right to work” laws where employees who benefit from union representation do not have to pay their fair share for that representation.
    • Appoint members to the NLRB who will protect worker organizing and collective bargaining.
    • Support the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), which imposes financial penalties on companies that interfere with workers organizing efforts.  As President, he would even support criminal liability for intentional interference with organizing.
    • Ensure that federal dollars do not flow to employers who engage in union-busting activities, participate in wage theft, or violate labor law.

    ·Penalize companies that bargain in bad faith.

    • Encourage and incentivize union organizing and collective bargaining.

    ·Make it easier for workers to organize by:

    • Banning captive audience meetings.
    • Requiring employers to report on the activities of third-party consultants
    • Shortening time frames for union elections
    • Supporting card checks to establish majority status
    • Create a cabinet level working group focused solely on promoting union organizing and collective bargaining.
    • Ensure right to strike without fear of reprisal.
    • Increase workplace safety and health protections.
    • Support broad definitions of joint employers.
    • Extend the right to organize to independent contractors.
    • Limit employers from misclassifying workers as independent contractors.12

    Joe Biden also proposed $1.3 trillion in infrastructure spending over the next ten years, leading to good union jobs.13  And he supports registered apprenticeship programs, Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and Community Workforce Agreements.14

    The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has endorsed Joe Biden for President.15  President Trump is anti- worker and anti-union.  Joe Biden is pro-worker and pro-union.

    The choice is simple.


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