Reporter details the Trump plan for organized labor

Freelance journalist Rachel Cohen talked about her article that was published in the Washington Monthly about the labor consequences of a second term for President Trump on the Sept. 29 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast.

The President Trump NLRB

Cohen started by pointing out how President Trump convinced working people to vote for him and has since fallen through on the promises he made to them. After meeting with leaders at North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and the AFL-CIO committing to work with them, Trump appointed union busters and anti-union individuals to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and throughout his administration.

The Chamber of Commerce big-business wish list

Cohen then pointed out how the Trump administration was sure to address a 10-part, big-business wish list created by the Chamber of Commerce.

Included were methods to make it more difficult for workers to organize using company email systems, making it harder for workers to picket and other anti-worker measures. When the dist settled, the NLRB addressed every item on the wish list.

Federal workers under attack

She then addressed how federal workers have been treated under the Trump administration. She cited efforts to whittle down staff numbers by not filling vacancies. She also said the administration has demonized civil servants, casting them as members of the so-called “deep state.”

Similarly, Cohen said organizing efforts have been curbed by the administration. Under President Trump, union representatives have been blocked from entering workplaces. Additionally, collective bargaining rights have been shredded for hundreds of thousands of Pentagon employees.


America’s Work Force Radio Podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play and wherever you stream your podcasts.

Listen on Apple Podcasts

Listen on Google Podcasts

Listen on Spotify

Listen on iHeart Radio


AMERICA’S WORK FORCE IS THE ONLY DAILY LABOR-RADIO PROGRAM IN THE US AND HAS BEEN ON THE AIR SINCE 1993, SUPPLYING LISTENERS WITH USEFUL, RELEVANT INPUT INTO THEIR DAILY LIVES THROUGH FACT-FINDING FEATURES, IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS, INFORMATIVE NEWS SEGMENTS AND PRACTICAL CONSUMER REPORTS. AMERICA’S WORK FORCE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING AN ACCESSIBLE VENUE IN WHICH AMERICA’S WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES CAN HEAR DISCUSSION ON IMPORTANT, RELEVANT TOPICS SUCH AS EMPLOYMENT, HEALTHCARE, LEGISLATIVE ACTION, LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS, CORPORATE PRACTICES, FINANCES, LOCAL AND NATIONAL POLITICS, CONSUMER REPORTS AND LABOR ISSUES.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, HEAT AND FROST INSULATORS AND ALLIED WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, KELLEY & FERRARO, LLP,  LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE, LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, NORTH COAST AREA LABOR FEDERATION, MARITIME TRADES DEPARTMENT, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.