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.
One of Trump’s First Moves Is Already Hurting a Loyal Group of Supporters: Veterans: "'The simple reality is that Donald Trump talked a lot about vets and jobs when he was campaigning for president, and this federal hiring freeze is denying vets what they need more than anything after coming home and getting out of the service—not another standing ovation at a football game, but a good job, a good career,' said Will Fischer, executive director of the Union Veterans Council at the AFL-CIO and a Purple Heart recipient who served in Iraq as a Marine."
Trump Labor Pick: 2012 Election Showed a Lot of People 'Want Free Stuff,' 'Think They're Entitled to Free Stuff': "Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Labor, fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, said in a radio interview after the 2012 election that result showed that many people think they are 'entitled to free stuff.'"
We Celebrate TPP's Death. Now the NAFTA Trade Deal Must Be Re-Written: "On Monday, it became official. The United States withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In the end, President Trump’s executive order was a formality. The TPP simply did not have the votes to pass Congress. This was the result of years of activism by working people and our allies to expose this flawed deal for what it truly is: a ceding of power from citizens to global corporations."
RIP, TPP. Now Let’s Redo NAFTA: Opposing View: "On Monday, the United States withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. President Trump may have signed the TPP’s death certificate, but it was working people and our progressive allies who killed this unfair agreement. For years, we have mobilized and organized in opposition to the TPP, winning the debate in Congress and on the campaign trail."
Don’t Let Trump Repeal Union Gains: "Much has been made of President Trump’s sweeping comments and random tweets. But now that he’s been officially sworn in, the consequences for American workers are much more tangible."
Union Members Join in Nationwide Women’s March: "Union members were among the 100,000 people who marched Saturday in the Minnesota Women’s March in St. Paul—and filled the streets in cities across the nation, including Washington, D.C., where half a million people participated."
Veterans Call on Iowa Lawmakers for Benefits, Bargaining Rights: "Military veterans conducted maneuvers at the Capitol Wednesday, calling for improved benefits for the 230,000 who call Iowa home and protection for the collective bargaining rights of more than one-fifth of Iowa veterans who hold public-sector jobs. At a rally with Gov. Terry Branstad and legislative leaders, veterans noted their $1.6 million in state benefits and $449 million a year in federal benefits."