Labor Leader who took Trump to task endorses Bernie Sanders
Chuck Jones, labor leader who was attacked by Donald Trump when Jones called him a liar, has endorsed Bernie Sanders.
Trump originally targeted Jones in 2016, after the labor leader told the Washington Post he believe Trump lied to Carrier workers during a visit to Indianapolis.
Jones, a union leader in Indianapolis, represents the Carrier workers whose jobs Donald Trump has pledged to save. He said the sudden attention from the country’s next leader didn’t feel real.
Jones, president of the United Steelworkers Local 1999, told The Post on Tuesday that he believed Trump had lied to the Carrier workers last week when he visited the Indianapolis plant. On a makeshift stage in a conference room, Trump had applauded United Technologies, Carrier’s parent company, for cutting a deal with him and agreeing to keep 1,100 jobs that were slated to move to Mexico in America’s heartland.
At the time, Trump responded in his typical fashion, attacking Jones on twitter:
Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1481157708.0
If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana. Spend more time working-less time talking. Reduce dues— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1481162200.0
Mr. Trump should not be attacking strong union leaders like Chuck Jones. Trade unions have helped build the middle class of this country.— Bernie Sanders (@Bernie Sanders)1481210613.0
Trump had promised the workers of Carrier he would save their jobs. Of course, that’s not what happened.
At the Carrier plant on the west side of Indianapolis, we’re coming up on a bitter anniversary. One year ago this week, President-elect Donald Trump stood before hundreds of cheering workers and declared that he had saved our jobs from moving to Mexico. It was a symbolic moment that cemented Trump’s campaign image as a working-class champion — a blue-collar billionaire who would stand with workers, not CEOs.
I have been a worker at the Rexnord plant in Indianapolis for 48 years, and president of United Steel Workers Local 1999 for more than 30. As the leader of the union representing the Carrier workers, I was part of the negotiations with the company regarding the coming layoffs when Trump intervened. Standing in front of the president-elect at Carrier during Trump’s first victory rally after the 2016 election, I realized that he was delivering a powerful message of hope not only to Carrier workers, but also to all working people in America: You finally have a president who will fight for the interests of ordinary workers, Trump seemed to say.
A year later, we feel betrayed. Carrier has announced that more than 600 workers are being laid off, with the last line scheduled to work their final shift right after the holidays.
The workers at Carrier aren’t the only ones who feel victimized by Trump’s false promises. United Technologies, Carrier’s parent company, is laying off another 700 workers right up the road from the Carrier plant in Huntington. And Rexnord, another plant in Indianapolis, just closed its doors, too. Workers at both plants hoped that Trump would come to the rescue, but he never showed up.
Bernie has a long history of fighting for workers’ rights and he’s taking the fight straight to Trump.
Today I am calling on Donald Trump and all presidential candidates to support a trade policy that protects jobs and… https://t.co/qnD0z8dTku— Bernie Sanders (@Bernie Sanders)1556567275.0