Trump elected, United States workers react

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By Jerry White and Shannon Jones in the USA:

“Sure he wants jobs in America—by lowering our wages”

GM autoworkers speak out on layoffs and Trump

26 January 2017

Autoworkers in the Detroit area denounced the thousands of layoffs being carried out by General Motors and expressed their distrust of the new Trump administration in interviews conducted by the World Socialist Web Site Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Donald Trump held a breakfast with the top executives of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and assured them that his administration would slash corporate taxes from 35 to 15 or 20 percent and eliminate hundreds of occupational safety, consumer and environmental regulations, including mandates for higher fuel efficiency.

The executives, including GM CEO Mary Barra, tapped by Trump for his new corporate competitive board, gushed over Trump’s “pro-growth policies.” Stocks of the Big Three auto companies shot up Wednesday as part of the stock exchange rally that saw the Dow Jones Industrial Index close above the 20,000-point mark.

Amid all the grand-standing about new investments and jobs, GM is going ahead with its plans, announced late last year, to cut 3,300 jobs. The giant automaker is eliminating shifts at assembly plants in Detroit and Lansing, Michigan and at the Lordstown factory near Youngstown, Ohio, halfway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

Last Friday was the last day of work for 1,202 hourly and 43 salaried employees on the third shift at the Lordstown assembly plant, which produces the Chevrolet Cruze small car model. The job cuts were the biggest at the massive factory complex since 1980. Another 116 workers at nearby component manufacturers—Magna Seating and Alliance Solutions Group—are also losing their jobs.

Last week was also the last for around 800 hourly and 29 salaried workers on the third shift at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in the Michigan state capital, which produces the Cadillac ATS and CTS models and the Chevrolet Camaro. The other two shifts are on temporary layoff and are scheduled to return to work on January 30.

GM is eliminating the second shift at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant—the only plant the company has left in Detroit—between March 6 and 19, wiping out 1,300 jobs. The factory builds the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric, Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Impala and Buick LaCrosse. The second shift was added just nine months ago and the timing of the layoffs, just before hundreds of temporary workers who were promised full-time jobs reached their first anniversary, will deprive them of transfer rights and Supplemental Unemployment Benefits.

“A lot of workers who had the seniority have already transferred out. The rest of us don’t know what to do,” said Larry, a young worker at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant. “I’m a temp and I guess there is no hope for us unless they rehire sometime in the future. Lots of workers quit once they made the announcement and more are quitting every day. They were so short of people that it affected general assembly.

“I have a wife and kids and it’s going to hurt. We need this job. I’m only going to get unemployment benefits for a few months. GM is also cancelling shifts at other plants.

My dad retired from Ford and he told me about layoffs. This is the first time I’ve experienced it firsthand.

“Trump is talking about getting jobs back from Mexico and taxing companies if they import cars. Sure, he wants jobs in America—by lowering our wages. During his campaign, he said he thought autoworkers were paid too much.

“We’re in that plant producing 600 cars a day. Impalas, Buicks and Cadillacs sell from $25,000 to $50,000 apiece. They just added a second shift in April and used us to overproduce—and now they are cutting us loose. They did us dirty with the layoffs right before Christmas.”

Another Detroit-Hamtramck worker, Bob, quit his longtime job at US Steel to get what he thought would be more job security in the auto industry. He is now being forced to uproot his family and move to Spring Hill, Tennessee to work at another GM plant.

“I thought Trump would be good for the country. I don’t understand it. GM is making record profits and we’re still being laid off. They say there are too many unsold cars but we were working overtime, through our lunch and other breaks.

“I’m an American and I’m for American workers. But it makes sense to unite with workers in other countries. We’re working for the same companies. Things are getting worse, not better. It’s crazy the stock market hit 20,000 and it seems like we’re going backwards, not forwards.”

Danny, another young worker at the Detroit plant, expressed his distrust of Trump but said he had hoped the GM layoffs had been part of Trump’s recent discussion with the GM CEO. He added, however, “Trump never has evidence for anything he says. He is signing these executive orders and I feel he is going to send this country into another depression.”

While criticizing the auto companies for shifting production to Mexico and China, Trump has made it clear he endorses them moving from state to state to obtain lower taxes and wages. Last May he told the Detroit News, “You can go to different parts of the United States and then ultimately you’d do full-circle—you’ll come back to Michigan because those guys are going to want their jobs back even if it is less …We can do the rotation in the United States—it doesn’t have to be in Mexico.” After Michigan “loses a couple of plants—all of sudden you’ll make good deals in your own area.”

… the GM worker said, “workers are more worried than anything,” about the impact of Trump’s policies. He said he had been extremely reluctant to support either Clinton or Trump in the elections. “Nothing positive was coming from either side. It sounded like Clinton wanted to start something with Russia.”

Keith, a young worker at the Fiat Chrysler truck plant in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan said he had just heard about the GM layoffs. “If you are supposed to be saving jobs, why the layoffs? What we are hearing through the grapevine is that Trump wants to bring jobs back, but he wants us to take pay cuts. He thinks we make too much money.

“He must have scheduled the meeting with the auto executives a long time beforehand. It makes me think that bad things are going to happen.”

Referring to the GM job cuts, a veteran Warren Truck worker added, “That is unfair to the workers. How are you supposed to survive without jobs?”

When asked about Trump’s claim that he would create jobs based on his program of economic nationalism he said, “I will believe it when I see it. The Americans he cares about are the wealthy. I don’t think he cares about the working man.”

Responding to the mass protests against the Trump administration over the weekend he said, “They should have done that a long time ago. I think people realize that the only thing Trump is out for is Corporate America.”

He said he was disturbed by Trump’s plans to build a wall with Mexico and his statements denouncing immigrants. “America was branded as a ‘land of the free,’ but they are still persecuting immigrants.”

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8 thoughts on “Trump elected, United States workers react

  1. Democrats need to do better. A LOT better.

    We’re only on day 7 of Trump’s administration and he’s already taken sweeping action to restrict abortion, attack immigrants, start his plans to ban Muslims, and even silence federal agencies.1

    And how have Democrats responded? By letting Trump’s cabinet sail through. Fifteen Senate Democrats voted for Trump’s pro-torture CIA pick, Mike Pompeo. And yesterday, two true progressive champions voted in favor of Ben Carson–who has no relevant experience–to run the federal housing agency.2

    Linda, this is unacceptable. And it’s simply not going to be good enough to protect us from very real threats in the next four years.

    We as citizens are doing our part. We’re marching and protesting in unprecedented numbers. We’re calling our Congress members. We’re speaking out. Why won’t the Democrats fight as hard as us?

    Now–with just days to go before Trump names his nominee for the Supreme Court–is the time to send a clear message: Democrats, we need you to fight harder, starting now. Will you sign the petition?

    Tell the Democrats in Congress:

    We need you to fight A LOT harder to stop President Trump and his hate filled agenda.
    Sign the petition

    The past week of Trump’s presidency has stripped millions of people their rights, and it’s going to get worse. He plans to gut the Office on Violence against Women.3 He is going to sign an order to ban refugees and Muslims from entering the country.4 He is threatening to strip funds from sanctuary cities who welcome immigrants.5

    And Trump’s nominees–each more extreme than the last–are itching to carry out his plans. The fact that Democrats don’t have enough votes to stop them doesn’t make it OK to surrender their votes and be complicit in building Trump’s bigoted, incompetent administration.

    The Democrats’ mandate to resist Trump comes from us, and they aren’t doing nearly enough. If we tell them clearly they are doing a poor job, they will be forced to put up a better, stronger fight against Trump.

    Tell the Senate Democrats: fight harder to resist Trump.

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Libby, Emma, PaKou, and Pilar, the UltraViolet team


    1. Trump reverses abortion-related U.S. policy, bans funding to international health groups, Washington Post, January 23, 2017

    The wall is the least aggressive part of Trump’s executive actions on immigration, Vox, January 25, 2017

    Trump expected to order temporary ban on refugees, Reuters, January 25, 2017

    Sudden changes at the EPA, USDA, and CDC under Trump, explained, Vox, Jan 25, 2017

    2. Senate confirms Pompeo as CIA chief amid questions over torture, spying views, USA Today, January 23, 2017

    Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown Will Support Ben Carson’s Nomination To HUD, Huffington Post, January 24, 2017

    3. Trump Wants To Cut Funding For Programs Protecting Women From Violence, Refinery 29, January 23, 2017

    4. Trump expected to order temporary ban on refugees, Reuters, January 25, 2017

    5. ‘Sanctuary City’ Mayors Vow to Defy Trump’s Immigration Order, New York Times, January 25, 2017


  2. Friday 27th January 2017

    posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain

    Ministers, Labour and human rights groups urge PM May to take strong line as she flies out for first talks with new US president

    MINISTERS and campaign groups have called on PM Theresa May to challenge US President Donald Trump over pro-torture comments he made yesterday — as it emerged that the US State Department’s entire top team had simultaneously quit.

    Mr Trump said that he was minded to reinstate torture as a method of interrogation just hours after all four of the most senior civil servants at the US equivalent of the Foreign Office bowed out on Wednesday, saying they could not work with his administration.

    News of the mass resignation came as ministers in Westminster stressed that Britain remains opposed to torture, after Mr Trump said yesterday that waterboarding terror suspects “absolutely works.”

    Mr Trump also said that he is preparing to order a review of interrogation methods and the possible reopening of secret “black site” prisons situated in many countries outside the US, such as at the notorious Bagram Airbase.

    The CIA was allowed to use black sites and so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” under George Bush — and was supported in its extraordinary rendition programme by Britain — but was barred from waterboarding by Barack Obama.

    Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the government’s “principled position” on the issue was unchanged, while Brexit Secretary David Davis stressed Britain does not agree with torture techniques “under any circumstances whatsoever.”

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged Ms May to put British values before those of the US.

    He said: “Theresa May must stand up for our country’s values when she meets Donald Trump and oppose his support for torture, which is inhumane, illegal and delivers false intelligence.

    Mr Corbyn also urged Ms May to stand firmly against Mr Trump’s border wall policy, anti-green agenda, proposed ban on Muslim travel and any moves to stamp US corporate control over the NHS. He added that Labour would fight hard to stop Ms May from turning Britain “into a bargain basement tax haven off the coast of Europe to be ripped off by the world’s biggest corporations.”

    Amnesty International UK director Kate Allen said that the PM must stick to her promises of setting out to be brutally honest with Mr Trump on what British people think of his support for torture.

    She said: “While he’s said this sort of thing before, it’s still extremely disturbing that we now have a new president of the United States who says he believes waterboarding torture works.

    “She mustn’t flinch from telling the president some basic truths about the complete unacceptability of authorising a return to the use of waterboarding and other torture, or indeed of keeping Guantanamo open.”

    Ms Allen also stressed that Ms May should discuss the subjects of human rights — especially those of women.

    Stop the War convenor Lindsey German meanwhile warned that: “The special relationship has never benefited the people of Britain. With this president it will be positively harmful and should be ended.”

    Ms May is set to use her visit to tell Mr Trump that Britain and the US can “lead together again.”

    The two-day trip will see her become the first foreign leader to meet Mr Trump since his inauguration as president last week.

    The meeting in the Oval Office will also focus on priorities like a post-Brexit trade deal and more co-operation on defence and security.”

    The PM’s official spokeswoman declined to say whether the use of torture would be on the meeting agenda.


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  5. Well expected, I will have been saying for as long as this started, and watched MegaOil in Standing Rock go against court orders and the likes, and continue drilling, Folks “This is a Silent Coup De Tate.

    It is borderline Oligarchy and Feudalism, I am going to clarify or at least execute my opinion in my next post.

    This was a great article, prelude to what’s to come. Keep Marching Trump this, Trump that, keep being purposely instigated and divided, play there game.

    Come on America, what going on?
    Very good article, based on facts, heed the warning.

    Thank you


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