Union Workers Could Benefit from Infrastructure, Defense Spending

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By Doug Cunningham

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Bank of Labor Vice-President Fred Meyers says if President-ElectTrump increases keeps his promise to American workers to rebuild infrastructure, that could end up helping union workers.

“And as a matter of fact, Trump had said he was going to spend over $500 billion, so it’s double what Hillary Clinton had said she was going to allocate. The good news for that for us is that those are union jobs. Because it’s going to require a highly skilled workforce to pull this off.”

Meyers says if Trump increases defense spending, those are more good jobs that will go to union workers. “Again, more union jobs in the aerospace industry for our brothers and sisters at the Machinists and Aerospace workers.”

NNU: Manipulated Primary Gave Us a Weaker Candidate

National Nurses United Co-President Deborah Burger says manipulation of the Democratic presidential primary by the DNC ended up nominating a candidate chosen by party leaders not by the people.

Polls consistently showed Bernie Sanders was the Democrat who would run stronger in the general election. But Burger says Clinton was chosen instead from the top down by the powers that be instead of fairly by the people.

“You saw it in all of the leaked emails. It was a very, very tightly controlled and contrived DNC choosing to select a candidate that they felt was more electable. And it’s to their detriment and to ours now that they actually chose who was going to be the candidate for the Democratic Party. And they ended up not having the support of just regular people.”

Burger says the new presidency is likely to look to Wisconsin’s Republican union-busting and dismantling of progressive policies as a model for national governance.

But National Nurses United and the rest of labor and progressive America know that the majority of ballots cast were for their candidate, not Trump so the fight goes on.

“It's going to be a long difficult road. And nurses are used to doing the best with what they’re given and making it better. We’re going to keep fighting to hold all politicians accountable for protecting our communities and unions in this country.”