McCormick says union should expel Trump supporter
Lisa McCormick, the progressive Democrat who challenged Senator Bob Menendez in the 2018 primary election, is calling on the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to expel Local 102 Business Manager Patrick R. Delle Cava.
"Delle Cava is an advisory board member of 'Workers for Trump' but with anti-labor activities and action that threatens our democracy, there is no room for collaborators among the organized labor leadership," said McCormick. "Trump is a polarizing figure and the labor movement is about solidarity. Trump is leading a class war against workers and the labor movement is supposed to be on our side."
"I may not understand it, but I respect Pat Delle Cava's right to support President Trump, however one cannot be for workers while supporting the Trump Republican brand of corporate corruption, anti-worker policies and fundamental dishonesty," said McCormick.
"Donald Trump inherited a job situation that was vastly rehabilitated from devastating lows just a decade ago, which were brought on by calamitous Republican policies," said McCormick. "However, while Trump continues to ride momentum started under President Obama, nothing has been to to repair changes that have scarred many American workers, several moves threaten to trigger another recession and anti-worker policies have been advanced."
McCormick said Trump denied overtime pay to 8.2 million workers.
"The Trump administration derailed an Obama-era plan to extend overtime protections to more Americans and instead lowered the salary threshold," said McCormick. "This decision harmed millions of workers who would have been eligible for overtime pay under the previous rule. Workers are being denied an estimated $1.2 billion in earnings annually due to Trump’s overtime protection rollback."
McCormick said Trump undermined wage theft enforcement.
"Employer wage theft is rampant in low-wage industries and costs American workers more than $50 billion every year, but the Trump administration made it more difficult for businesses to be held liable for wage violations against contract and franchise workers," said McCormick. "Under President Trump, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has even allowed employers who commit wage violations to avoid penalties by volunteering to police themselves. usinesses are expected to self-report violations, determine the amount of back pay owed, and then compensate workers—without covering interest or damages."
McCormick said Trump awarded billions in federal contracts to companies that violate wage laws.
"President Trump ended a requirement that contractors meet federal labor standards to keep the government’s business," said McCormick. "This decision came as two-thirds of the government’s largest contractors were found to have violated wage laws, including by withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in pay. Instead of protecting the 26 million workers who are employed by federal contractors, the Trump administration chose to ignore this egregious behavior."
McCormick said Trump undermined the mission of the DOL.
"President Trump’s nominee to lead U.S. labor policy, Eugene Scalia, has a long record of opposing workers’ rights and fighting unions on behalf of large corporations," said McCormick. "The Trump administration has only filled 43 percent of the department’s senior officials, while previous administrations filled nearly 80 percent."
McCormick said Trump blocked workers’ access to the courts.
"The Trump administration sided with corporate interests to let companies force workers into mandatory arbitration agreements," said McCormick. "This has left 60 million workers without real access to the courts and unable to bring class action lawsuits to seek justice in workplace disputes."
McCormick said Trump made it more difficult for workers to unionize.
"President Trump’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) appointees empowered companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than as employees, which would exclude those workers from federal labor law protections," said McCormick. "His NLRB is also working to roll back joint employer protections, which would make it easier for businesses that influence and rely on subcontractors and franchises for their labor to avoid unionization."
McCormick said Trump made it easier for employers to get rid of unions.
"President Trump’s appointees to the NLRB ruled that employers can suspend negotiations and withdraw recognition of a union even if the majority of workers technically supports the union at the time of withdrawal," said McCormick.
McCormick said Trump advanced an erratic trade agenda that harms working-class Americans
"President Trump claimed that other countries would bear the cost of his trade war, but in reality, American workers and families have paid the price," said McCormick. "President Trump’s tariffs could cost the average U.S. household $1,000 each year, and recent estimates indicate that the tariffs will shave billions from U.S. GDP. Like the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which includes strong protections for Big Pharma, President Trump’s trade war with China is primarily designed to favor corporations."
"If Patrick R. Delle Cava wants to support Donald Trump, then he needs to admit that he is opposed to the interests of working people and has betrayed the brotherhood of electrical workers," said McCormick. "It seems sad and unjust that someone making $186,352 as a union employee would betray his brothers and sisters by advocating the success of someone who wants to destroy the labor movement."