Labor Unions

AFL-CIO open to helping Trump

The president of America's largest labor organization expressed his willingness to work with President Donald Trump during an interview Tuesday.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said that he has been impressed by Trump on several key economic issues, particularly trade, though he considers his overall performance a "mixed bag."

Trump followed through on a campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal with a dozen Asian countries. The deal was originally negotiated by the Obama administration and embraced by newly elected Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, who served as President Obama's Labor Secretary.

 

"What he did on TPP was good. The thing he's trying to do with infrastructure is good. There's a lot of those things. And then on the other side, he put some people in there that were anti-union," Trumka told Fox News's Neil Cavuto.

The AFL-CIO endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in June after staying neutral during her contentious primary against self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.). The union spent more than $20 million in its efforts to elect Clinton and other Democratic candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Trumka denounced Trump onstage at the Democratic National Conventional in July.

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