What a week.
We’ve all been Trumped, and nobody know just what that means exactly.
Here are some (kind of) educated guesses, and the new Trump website which really doesn’t even mention labor as a major policy issue, although labor issues are heavily embedded in certain aspects such as trades, immigration and jobs.
Coming out of the first White House meeting of President Obama and President-Elect Trump, the issues that were listed as being at the top of the Trump agenda were immigration, healthcare reform, and jobs.
The Department of Labor will become more business friendly than they have been in the past few years.
Many of the Executive Orders put forth by President Obama will be rescinded within the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.
Some of the more egregious and over-reaching rules like the Persuader Rule will be allowed to die.
Organized labor and the many Progressive groups who were fighting hard for Democrats to win the White House and Congress will be forced to take a big step back and rethink many elements of their plans going forward.
The AFL-CIO and unions which heavily invested in the Democratic party as part of trying to win a “wave Election” will be forced to pivot quickly to those areas where they did achieve success: 1) state and local issues like minimum wage, stable work schedules and 2) working at the grassroots level with movements like Fight for $15 and other social justice groups which supported the Clinton campaign.
They will also have to invest more time in energy in working those grassroots groups that failed to turn out a Clinton win, but were successful in getting many issue driven ballot initiatives passed.
We’ll see unions step up the use of the “name, blame and shame” corporate campaigns that have become part of the standard union organizing campaigns in recent years.
We’ll see increasing use of micro-unit organizing, which the US Chamber just reported is on the rise. We’ll see a return to traditional organizing campaigns but with an Increasing reliance on technology, which has been yielding wins for some unions.
We’ll continue to see NLRB General Counsel Griffin push his agenda, including making short term work stoppages legal and other such changes for the duration of his term.
I’d love to hear what you think we will see, and what you are doing to get ready.