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Labor Movement Braves Challenges Amidst Increasing Support For Unions

Ronald Delos Santos



Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO

Ask the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) President Richard Trumka regarding the climate for national trade union on this year’s Labor Day weekend, and he begins with something positive opinion: a new Gallup poll showing public support for unions at its highest rating since dating back in 2003.

“There’s much more excitement about unions,” Trumka says during an interview in his Washington, D.C. He added that, “over 61 percent of the people in the country support unions.”

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO

That figure is significant, most especially when one think about that just 8 years ago — in the wake of the deep financial crisis in the United States, automobile firms bailouts from getting bankrupt and earnest economic concerns that then-new President Barack Obama was coping with — that just 48 percent of American citizens manifested a positive view of unions in a similar Gallup market research.

Trumka says that the improvement is accounted to the people recognize that unions are fighting for laborers in an economy where most of the regulations and grips of power are governed by corporate interests.

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The actuality on a non-working holiday celebrating the American laborers is that labor unions braves big challenges.
The Trump administration has been anything but labor friendly so far — despite his promises to bring back manufacturing works that date back to the earliest days of Trump’s presidential election campaign last year.

The 2016 U.S. presidential election was a defective one for the labor union. The democratic nominee Hillary Clinton carried the votes of labor union households by 9 percentage points. Trump captivated some of those voters by promising to bring back American manufacturing jobs, in part by cracking down on trade.

The AFL-CIO’s Trumka recognizes the challenge, and states that it’ll take smart, person-to-person approach.