I can’t understand how people support Donald Trump against their own interests. I live in a military town where literally tens of thousands of government workers and contractors have their employment, and many of them drool over Trump.
Little do they realize that Trump hates them with the heat of a thousand suns. To Trump, they are what’s wrong with the government: waste, inefficiency, and–gasp!–unions. Without support from friendly and hardworking members of Congress, many of these people would end up in the unemployment line with Trump as president (Obama has also threatened their livelihoods but pork prevails with a Democrat in the White House).
From the Trump Tower in New York, which was built using illegal Polish immigrants who didn’t even get to wear hard hats, to housekeepers at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, who picketed Trump’s motorcade, the billionaire can’t stand unions–if they cost him money. And that’s really obnoxious considering that New York City is the capital of the world for blue collar unions.
I remember years ago at the Javits Center, I was setting up a booth for a trade show, and couldn’t even plug a computer into an outlet. I had to wait for a union electrician from the local IBEW to do it. And that electrician would not move a partition to install another outlet; he waited for another union worker to do that. And you got charged for their time.
It was such a problem in the early 1990’s that Federal prosecutors brought a civil RICO suit alleging corruption.
As with so many things, Trump must have “evolved” on unions, which he has used in the past to build various projects, sometimes cutting shady deals with shady mobsters. In his 2000 book “The America We Deserve,” Trump wrote that “unions still have a place in American society. In fact, with the globalization craze in full heat, unions are about the only political force reminding us to remember the American working family.”
But Trump plays hardball with the unions in Vegas.
“I don’t understand,” said Vargas, one of more than 500 hotel workers who in December voted 238 to 209 to join the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165. “It’s weird why he doesn’t want to negotiate a contract with us.”
Ever since the vote, Donald Trump’s managers have fought unionization every step of the way. They filed 15 objections with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging intimidation and forgery by union officials. After the claims were either withdrawn by Trump or dismissed by the labor board, the unions were officially certified as bargaining agents last month.
But the Trump Organization still refused to negotiate, and last week, at the last possible moment, the hotel filed for a review of the case with the labor board in Washington, further putting off contract talks.
Trump sees workers like he sees everyone else: As useful objects to manipulate to get what he wants. If unions help him, he’s for them. If they don’t help him, he brutally opposes them. This is hardly the behavior of a man who proclaims himself friend to the working class.
Those blue collar workers who so ardently pull for Trump will be (like all his supporters) sorely disappointed should we end up with this man in the White House. They will get everything that’s coming to them.