I’m Tired of Being Lied to About Our Jobs: The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.

I’m the Union Leader Donald Trump Attacked. I’m Tired of Being Lied to About Our Jobs: "I’m a union leader in Indianapolis. I represent the Carrier workers whose jobs Donald Trump has pledged to save. And I’m tired of being lied to. In February, corporate officials came to our plant and announced that they were closing the facility. They would move 1,300 jobs to a plant in Mexico. My team and I worked tirelessly to keep Carrier in our city. Then, a couple of weeks ago, Trump got involved. Though Trump said he’d saved 1,100 jobs, he hadn’t. Carrier told us that 550 people would get laid off."

Keith Ellison Secures Nation’s Biggest Labor Endorsement: "America’s largest federation of labor unions on Thursday endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Ellison has long been one of the most aggressive congressional supporters of the American labor movement. He has repeatedly rallied with striking workers and participated last month in a demonstration by Minneapolis fast food employees seeking a $15 minimum wage. His DNC policy platform calls for Democratic leaders to embrace 'labor as a full partner.'"

Carrier Union President: Trump's 'Terrible Job' Tweet Means He's Doing His Job: "An Indianapolis union leader said he's been receiving threats for his outspoken criticism of President-elect Donald Trump, who took to Twitter on Wednesday night to call him out. Trump twice tweeted about United Steelworkers Local 1999 and its president, Chuck Jones, saying Jones has done a 'terrible job' representing workers and that the union should 'spend more time working.'"

Who Gets Hurt When Part-Time Work Becomes the New Normal: "It’s a familiar story across America: Since the recession, people are working again, but their jobs just aren’t good enough. Often, it’s because they’re forced to work part-time, and their employer won’t give them enough hours to make ends meet. 'What we hear in the field a lot is that people are hired with the assumption, if not promise, that they’ll get full-time hours. And most weeks they don’t,' said Lonnie Golden, an economics professor at Pennsylvania State University and the author of new research into part-time work published Monday by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute."

Carrier’s Workers Union Was Shut Out of Negotiations Between Company And Donald Trump: "President-elect Donald Trump tweeted on Thanksgiving Day that he was working to fulfill a campaign promise to save 1,400 jobs set to be eliminated from the Carrier Corporation’s factory in Indiana. On Tuesday night, Carrier tweeted that it had reached a deal with the Trump transition team to save 'close to 1,000 jobs' at Carrier’s Indianapolis plant. Chuck Jones, president of the local chapter of the United Steelworkers union that represents workers at Carrier’s Indianapolis plant, had to go by the tweets. He was not a party to the deal."

'We Do Feel Forgotten': About 1,300 Carrier Company Employees Will Still Lose Their Jobs, Despite Trump's Deal: "While hundreds of Carrier employees are celebrating the news that their jobs are staying in Indiana, not everyone in the company's employment was spared. Carrier's parent company, United Technologies, is still going forward with its plan to close its Huntington, Indiana, plant and outsource 700 jobs to Mexico, according to local media reports."

Andy Puzder's Record Defined by Fighting Against Working People: "AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement on the expected nomination of Andy Puzder for secretary of the Department of Labor."

Working Familes Condemn Puzder Labor Appointment: "Working family advocates have strongly condemned President-elect Donald Trump's selection of Carl's Jr. CEO Andy Puzder as secretary of labor. Here are excerpts from their comments."