Trump Broke His Promises To Auto Workers
May 11, 2018
Today as Trump meets with auto industry executives, here’s a look at some of the many ways he has broken his promises to auto workers:
The auto industry lost jobs under Trump, despite his promises.
AFP: “US Auto Industry Jobs Down Under Trump”
AFP: “Notwithstanding FCA’s announcement last week, the overall picture for US auto jobs has been much less impressive in the year since Trump became president, jobs figures show. Net employment in the auto sector (manufacturing and suppliers) stood at 783,200 at the end of November, down from 788,900 at the end of 2016, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.”
Detroit Free Press: “Motor vehicle and parts manufacturing employment in the U.S. declined from 788,900 in December 2016 to 783,200 in November 2017, Dziczek said. The president’s focus on job creation won support from industrial heartland voters during his campaign.”
Auto sales fell in Trump’s first year for the first time since 2009.
CNN: “But the auto industry’s recovery began years ago. If anything, the comeback has lasted so long that it’s starting to level off: US car sales fell in 2017 for the first time since 2009, coming in at 17.2 million vehicles. They had set a record in 2016 of 17.6 million cars sold.”
Automakers announced layoffs that directly contradicted Trump’s promises.
CNN Money:“General Motors is cutting factory jobs again. The automaker will eliminate one of two shifts at its Warren, Michigan plant, which makes transmissions. The company won’t say how many jobs will be affected, but the cuts could eliminate about half of the nearly 600 jobs at the plant.”
Trump to Warren, MI in 2016: “If I’m elected, you won’t lose one plant, you’ll have plant coming into this country, you’re going to have jobs again, you won’t lose one plant.”
Crain’s Cleveland Business: “GM’s Planned Layoffs Of 1,500 Ohio Workers Undermines Trump’s Boasts On Auto Jobs”
Detroit Free Press: “And in March 2017, he praised General Motors when he flew to Detroit to highlight the importance of American manufacturing. That same day, GM announced plans for 900 new or retained jobs in Michigan within 12 months. This week, GM confirmed a net loss of 3,500 hourly manufacturing jobs in 2017.”
The Hill: “When Ford announced last year that it would not move production of its Ford Focus to Mexico, Trump hailed the decision as a victory. He didn’t offer a comment this week when Ford said it would move production of its Focus model to China, a decision that could hurt the broader American auto sector.”
WJLA: “Is Trump Keeping His Jobs Promise? Layoffs At Carrier, Ford Moves To China”