Weekly Update: A Rough Week

A Rough Week for Trump

Donald Trump is not having a very good week. First, some of his tax returns leaked to the media, showing the country the real story behind his image as a successful businessman. It also showed us that he very well may have avoided paying income tax for almost 20 years.

Now, we’re learning that he picks foreign made materials for his building projects. Trump talks a big game on creating good manufacturing jobs in the United States, but his business practices say otherwise.

A new Newsweek study shows Trump purchased steel from Chinese manufacturers rather than from U.S. producers, in at least two of his three recent construction projects.

Did it somehow slip his mind there are steel manufacturers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin?

Newsweek points out there's nothing illegal about Trump using foreign materials and manufacturers, but it's laughable to think Trump has ever really cared about America's manufacturing:

“Trump has not committed any crimes by purchasing his steel and aluminum from China, nor did he engage in wrongdoing by using Chinese textile factories to make his clothing lines. But, given the only beneficiaries of his decisions to go with cheaper Chinese metals for his construction project are Trump and his family, he is not someone who ever attempted to lead by example by only buying products made in America. He filled his bank accounts with millions of dollars that could have gone to blue-collar workers, many of whom now believe he is the man who will bring back the jobs that he secretly helped to destroy.”

United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard weighed in on the scandal:

“The USW, though not surprised by Trump’s actions, is furious over his efforts to undercut key American manufacturing jobs in the construction of his buildings he so often brags about....The investigation from Newsweek, released Monday, is a shocking exposé on Trump’s plan to not only buy his steel and aluminum from the Chinese, but to use shell companies and corporate black holes to try and hide his greed even as he was planning to run for president.”

This should all make for a very interesting second Presidential debate on Sunday.

Each week, we recognize an outstanding local union for their efforts in recruiting volunteers to help get out the vote and talk to voters about endorsed candidates and ballot measures.

Since we missed last week, we’re bringing you TWO local unions of the week today, ATU 757 & Ironworkers Local 29! Thanks for your work!

If your union is interested in hosting a phone bank, or would like to participate in any other voter outreach event, reply to this email and we’ll get you the tools you need to recruit volunteers.

2015-16 Oregon AFL-CIO
Legislative Scorecard

How did your legislator vote on the issues that impact working people in Oregon?  

Today we’re releasing our 2015-16 Legislative Scorecard which includes rankings of every Oregon State Senator and Representative, a detailed explanation of how our ranking system works, and our Legislator and Freshman of the Year.

Head over to oraflcio.org to check it out, as well as our current endorsement list.

Bud Pierce’s Comments

In case you missed it, gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce has drawn national scorn due to his shocking comment about women during last week’s debate with Governor Kate Brown. Pierce implied that instances of pay inequality and domestic violence are less likely to occur when "a woman has a great education and training and a good job. Women who are most vulnerable are those who have no place to turn, no family around them."

Locally, his comment drew criticism from lawmakers like House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson and State Representative Carla Piluso, who served six years as Gresham’s police chief.  

The Oregon AFL-CIO endorsed Governor Brown at our last convention, and we maintain that Bud Pierce doesn’t have the experience, and clearly lacks the judgement, to serve as Oregon’s Governor.