REMINDER: Trump Treated Unions Horribly and Failed Auto Workers
July 20, 2023
As Trump tries to spin his record on unions and the auto industry, here’s your reminder that he was one of the most anti-union presidents in American history AND failed auto workers in the process — and now he’s campaigning on making things EVEN worse.
The UAW has said a second Trump term would be a disaster – and it’s no wonder why. Trump was one of the most anti-union presidents in history.
Axios: “Reality check: There’s no way the UAW will endorse Trump over Biden in 2024.
‘Another Donald Trump presidency would be a disaster,’ Fain wrote in his letter to members.”
Trump said if it were up to him, car companies could have been allowed to go bankrupt — a move that would’ve cost countless jobs.
Washington Post: “Asked if President Obama showed leadership in the 2008/2009 bailout of the major auto companies, Trump meandered through an answer that left him without a position. ‘You could have let it go, and rebuilt itself, through the free enterprise system,’ said Trump. ‘You could have let it go bankrupt, frankly, and rebuilt itself, and a lot of people felt it should happen.”
Detroit News: “Trump suggests moving some car production from Michigan”
Trump promised that we wouldn’t lose a single auto plant, but under his watch, General Motors shuttered plants and auto companies laid off thousands of workers.
Detroit Free Press: “Trump, tweets couldn’t save U.S. auto jobs in 2017
MLive: “On the 2016 campaign trail in Warren, Trump pledged ‘you won’t lose one plant’ if he were elected. GM announced last year it would end production at five North American plants.”
Meanwhile, the Biden-Harris administration’s economic agenda has triggered a historic auto-factory boom and a surge in manufacturing jobs.
Wall Street Journal: “Shift to EVs Triggers Biggest Auto-Factory Building Boom in Decades”
Yahoo: “Under President Biden, however, a manufacturing boom finally seems to be getting started. Since the beginning of 2022, construction spending on new factories has more than doubled, from an annualized rate of $91 billion in January 2022 to $189 billion in April 2023, the latest data available. That’s the biggest jump, by far, in data going back to 2002.”
The Hill: “A surge in manufacturing construction across the country is grabbing the attention of economists and workers on the ground as legislative efforts to reinvigorate the U.S. industrial base are bearing fruit.”
Insider: “Since President Joe Biden took office, around 800,000 manufacturing jobs were added, or a 6.5% growth rate.”
That’s why the most pro-union president has racked up endorsements from major unions, earlier than any other presidential campaign in history.
Philly Inquirer: “Joe Biden will get a big union endorsement ahead of his Philly visit on Saturday”
The Hill: “Plumbers union endorses Biden reelection bid”