Donald TrumpU.S. President
Donald Trump is President of the United States, a former real estate CEO, and a reality television star.
Unions and Workers
Celebrated the Janus vs. AFSCME Supreme Court decision, a devastating and calculated attack on working people and unions.
Issued a rule change attacking roughly 800,000 home care workers’ ability to use common paycheck deductions for health insurance contributions, union dues, and other expenses.
Relaxed responsibility for companies like McDonald’s over their franchises. Under the new rule, fast food and other franchise workers face new obstacles to forming unions and raising wages.
Appointed a Labor Board that systematically rolled back workers’ rights to form unions and engage in collective bargaining with their employers.
Proposed a new, higher overtime pay threshold that would cover 3 million fewer workers than an Obama-era overtime proposal.
Classified more workers as “independent contractors” so that their employers won’t have to pay them minimum wage.
Said during his 2016 campaign that he supported a $10 federal minimum wage, but has not sought any increase in the minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour.
Is asking the Supreme Court to rule that companies can fire workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Classified Uber drivers as “contractors”, creating new barriers to organizing for millions of workers in the growing gig economy.
He has vowed to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid as we know it and has taken steps to weaken the law, drive up the cost of coverage, undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and make it harder for people to access care.
He has made reducing immigration a centerpiece of his presidency, calling immigrants criminals, separating immigrant children from their parents in hopes of deterring future immigration, and promising to build a wall at the Mexican border. He has attempted to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects DREAMers and to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for almost all of those who had those protections when he took office; those efforts have thus far been thwarted by the courts. He has also ramped up arrests, detentions, and deportations of people with no criminal record and has drastically reduced refugee admissions.
Has repeatedly called climate change “a hoax” and has pulled out of the Paris climate agreement, an international commitment to halt climate change.
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The Trump administration appealed a case to the D.C. Circuit court, hoping to reinstate three executive orders that restricted federal workers’ ability to negotiate over workplace issues. Last year a federal judge ruled the provisions unlawful.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began arrests of immigrant families this Sunday in an effort widely touted by President Trump who says ICE is “going to take people out and they're going to bring them back to their countries.”
Trump tweeted that “‘Progressive Democrat Congresswomen” should “go back” to the countries they came from. Trump’s racist language targeted four congresswomen of color -- three of whom were born in this country.
Trump said in an interview that he will put forward a new healthcare plan in the next two months and plans to make this issue a central focus of his reelection effort.
Trump gave a speech focused on the environment to an audience including oil and energy lobbyists, lawmakers from energy-rich states, and people from think tanks dedicated to questioning climate science, but failed to mention climate change, the most urgent and dire environmental threat to life on earth.
Trump announced that ICE would begin to arrest and deport migrant families who have pending court dates, despite the fact that these operations are typically not announced in advance.
“Since taking office in January 2016, he has chosen anti-labor nominees for Cabinet positions, issued a number of executive orders and backed rules and legislation that weaken labor rights.”
In a new, but yet-to-be-defined role, Thomas Homan--who served as the acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and defended the Trump administration policy of separating immigrant children from their parents--will join the President’s immigration team as the Border Czar.
While trying to make it harder for people fleeing other countries to seek asylum in the United States, the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy separated thousands of children from their parents upon entering the United States--including 4 month old Constantin Mutu.
In an attempt to deny climate change, Trump says he doesn’t believe science published by his own administration and supports senior national security staff who consulted members of an organization that challenges well-established mainstream scientific findings that emissions from coal oil and gas harm our air and the earth’s
From increasing the number of people who can be paid less than the minimum wage, to supporting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, to failing to inspect factories in wake of catastrophic injuries, Trump has supported a litany of policies that have set working people back.
“The lack of union membership and the assault on home care workers, and those who rely on those services, has really hurt the ability to attract dedicated qualified home care professionals.”
Trump Administration Rolls Back Clean Air Provisions as American Cities Experience Worsening Air Pollution
Even as more U.S. cities had days with high ozone or fine particle pollution between 2015-2017 than in 2014-2016, the Trump administration has rolled back a host of measures that have improved our nation’s air quality, including removing emission controls on oil and gas drilling sites, weakening proposed regulations on CO2 from power plants and turning back the clock on fuel efficiency standards.
"Trump and other Republicans have claimed that the party’s new plan will protect people with pre-existing conditions. If they’re slapping a new coat of paint on Graham-Cassidy, then they aren’t telling the truth."
“The Trump administration plans to make even more changes to the Affordable Care Act for the coming year. It recently released a proposal that would increase the maximum amount enrollees have to pay out of pocket -- a change that would affect those in large-employer plans too.”
The only constant about Trump’s stance on increasing the minimum wage is his inconsistency.