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.
Trump Suggests Ignoring World Trade Organization in Major Policy Shift: "Thea Lee, the deputy chief of staff at the AFL-CIO, said labor unions had a mixed view on the administration’s new trade posture. 'On the one hand, we would agree with certain parts, that our trade policy has not been aggressive or consistent enough in looking out for the interest of American workers,' she said. 'We would agree we should enforce our trade laws better. We don’t necessarily agree that we need to go completely outside the international trade system.'"
Trump’s False Promises on Health Care: "Lost amid the pundits’ applause for Donald Trump’s calmer demeanor in his speech to Congress Tuesday was a key shift that received far less national attention: the abandonment of promises made by candidate and President-elect Trump on health care."
The 'Two Tests' AFL-CIO President Says Will Hold Trump's Policies Accountable: "During an interview with Neil Cavuto on the FOX Business Network, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations President Richard Trumka said Donald Trump’s performance so far with regard to labor unions has been 'a mixed bag.' 'What he did on TPP was good. The things he’s trying to do with infrastructure are good—there’s a lot of those things. Then, on the other side you know, he put some people in who are pretty anti-union—tried to put them in positions. One of them got defeated, Puzder got defeated.'"
Working Women See Acosta as Labor Chief Upgrade, but Remain Vigilant: "'The people are what matter to government, and a government should aim to give all the people under its jurisdiction the best possible life.' Those are the words of Frances Perkins, labor secretary under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She was the first woman to hold a Cabinet position and the namesake of the Department of Labor’s headquarters in Washington, D.C."
Union Activism Saves 700 Jobs at Red River in Texas!: "When the jobs of more than 700 mechanics and technicians were about to disappear, National Federation of Federal Employees-Machinists (NFFE-IAM) Local 2189 at the Texarkana Red River Army Depot did not wait for the U.S. Army to save those jobs. Instead, they took matters into their own hands."
Mahershala Ali Thanks Teachers in His Oscars Speech: What Working People Are Doing This Week: "Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week."