Below is AFT President Randi Weingarten's email to us in response to Trump's tweet where he said that Jones is doing "a terrible job representing workers." Weingarten is joined by Lee Saunders of AFSCME.
Below that is the email from the AFL-CIO supporting the Steelworkers union.
Finally, we have copied International Longshore and Warehouse President Jerry Daggatt's letter to Jones.
Could labor actually be showing real solidarity?
It's going to take much more than these baby first steps but maybe there is cause for optimism.
Donald Trump ran for president promising to respect the working people of America. Now, at his very first opportunity to show respect to America's working families, the president-elect has failed the test.
Just last week, Trump was touting his effort to keep jobs at a Carrier plant in Indiana from moving overseas. Thanks to corporate tax breaks offered by Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Carrier is keeping hundreds of jobs in the state. These Carrier workers are no doubt relieved to be spending the holidays knowing their jobs are more secure, and we are grateful for it.
But Trump wasn’t honest with the workers at Carrier or the American people. And Chuck Jones—the president of United Steelworkers Local 1999 who represents the workers at that plant and has fought hard to bring the plight of his workers to the public’s attention—knew he had to hold Trump accountable. He explained Trump was taking credit for saving 350 jobs that were already slated to stay, but that 550 workers would still lose their jobs.
"Trump and Pence, they pulled a dog and pony show on the numbers," he said.
And because Jones told the truth, Trump—the president-elect of the United States—responded by personally attacking Jones and our union sisters and brothers across this country.
Trump took to Twitter and said Jones "has done a terrible job representing workers" because Jones wouldn't let Trump get away with lying. He suggested the steelworkers should be working harder.
Trump attacked a union activist for standing up for his members. We need to stand up to him and hold him accountable.
Click here to tell Donald Trump to show respect to America's working families.
Thank you for standing up and helping us hold Trump accountable for the promises he made to the working people of this nation.
On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to personally attack Chuck Jones, a union member and president of United Steelworkers (USW) local 1999 that represents workers at Carrier.
Trump went on this tirade after Jones and other Carrier workers corrected the record about Trump’s claims that he’d saved 1,100 jobs at Carrier from moving to Mexico. The actual number is 800 jobs saved. 550 jobs are still being moved to Mexico, despite the $7 million Carrier is getting in tax breaks.
Because of Trump’s tweets, Jones is now getting threatening calls.
Let’s show Chuck and Carrier workers that we’ve got their backs. Sign the solidarity card now to stand with them.
For more than 35 years, Chuck and millions of USW members have stood up against unfair trade deals that allow companies like Carrier to make products overseas and ship them back to the United States. Since 2000, they’ve been a part of more than 50 trade cases to help keep family-sustaining jobs in this country.
Trump’s attack on Chuck is not only personal, it shows again that he only has disdain for people coming together in unions to improve their workplaces. Whether it’s his refusal to negotiate with workers at his Las Vegas hotel, his history of not paying contractors and small businesses that do work for him, or his support for outsourcing jobs by using Chinese steel on some of his buildings, Trump has proven yet again he’s no friend to working people.
Pledge to stand in solidarity with Chuck Jones and Carrier workers to let them know you won’t stand for Trump’s attacks on them.
Director of Organizing, AFL-CIO
P.S. If you’re on Twitter, you can show your solidarity too by tweeting this sample tweet out.
Dear President Jones:
On behalf of the 65,000 members of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO we stand in solidarity with you and your members and against President-elect Donald Trump and condemn him for his criticizing you for doing a very good job at one of your most important responsibilities: protecting the jobs and welfare of your entire membership.
We strongly believe that all Organized Labor should rally to your defense, with the understanding that President-elect Trump’s attack on you and your Local is an attack on us all. It is a grave foreshadowing of what we can expect when Mr. Trump takes office. Our Sisters and Brothers of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have a slogan: “An Injury To One Is and Injury to All.”
You and your USW members do not walk alone. We stand with you and will remain beside you as you continue to protect your membership and advance the principles of Free Trade Unionism.
Harold J. Daggett
Mr. Richard Tumka, President, AFL-CIO
Mr. Leo Gerard, President, USW
ILA Executive Officer