Labor Union Leader Cautious on Trump; the Head of the Country's Largest Organization of Labor Unions Saturday Described Recent Talks with President Trump about Manufacturing in the United States as "Not Very Satisfying." [Derived Headline]

By Varine, Patrick | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 7, 2017 | Go to article overview

Labor Union Leader Cautious on Trump; the Head of the Country's Largest Organization of Labor Unions Saturday Described Recent Talks with President Trump about Manufacturing in the United States as "Not Very Satisfying." [Derived Headline]


Varine, Patrick, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


The head of the country's largest organization of labor unions Saturday described recent talks with President Trump about manufacturing in the United States as "not very satisfying."

"He only talked about eliminating regulations," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told the Tribune-Review during a stop in Southwestern Pennsylvania. "He thought if he did that, manufacturing would come out. But he 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."

Trumka served as the keynote speaker of Penn State Fayette's spring commencement ceremony in North Union. He spoke to graduates about hard work, learning to listen and fostering dialogue.

"These core values are being threatened today by politicians who refuse to work with one another for the good of the people they pledged to serve," Trumka said during his 10-minute address. "It's being threatened in a media bubble, where ideas are reinforced rather than challenged."

Trumka grew up in Greene County and attended Penn State Fayette while working midnight shifts at a nearby coal mine. He now leads 12.5 million members of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations and, in that capacity, has met several times with Trump to discuss the state of labor in America.

Trumka said he and the president spoke about "virtually every issue you can think of: immigration, infrastructure, manufacturing, trade, all the health and safety standards that he was eliminating on things like silica and beryllium -- things that hurt workers. …

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