Trump and the Labor Movement


1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Union Members Summary,” Jan. 27, 2017.

2. Chris Brooks, “Why Did Nissan Workers Vote No?” Labor Notes, Aug. 11, 2017,  3. Janice Fine, “Worker Centers: Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream,” Economic Policy Institute, 

4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Work Stoppages Summary,” Feb. 9, 2017.

5. National Employment Law Project, “Fight for $15’s Four-Year Impact: $62 Billion in Raises for America’s Workers.” A link to the full report is available at the website. 

6. Josh Eidelson, “Unions Are Losing Their Decades-Long ‘Right-to-Work’ Fight,” Bloomberg Businessweek, Feb. 16, 2017.

7. Ian Millhiser, “Springtime for Union Busting?” The Nation, June 26, 2017. 

8. Garen E. Dodge and Anna M. Stancu, “Congress Considers National Right-to-Work Bill: Beginning of the End for Unions?” The National Law Review, Feb. 8, 2017.

9. Dodge and Stancu, Ibid.

10., “Another State Goes Right-to-Work – Missouri,” Feb. 14, 2017.  

11. Noah Lanard, “Trump’s Labor Board Appointments Are Another Blow for Unions,” Mother Jones, July 19, 2017. 

12. Mike Scarcella and Erin Mulvaney, “Peter Robb, Trump’s Pick for NLRB General Counsel, Is Poised to Pivot Board,” Corporate Counsel: Inside Counsel, Sept. 19, 2017.

13. Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, “Labor Policy Is in the Midst of a Shift Under Trump,” Chicago Tribune, July 21, 2017;

14. Nick Gass, “Trump: GOP Will Become ‘Worker’s Party’ Under Me,” Politico, May 26, 2016.

15. Alicia Parlapiano and Gregor Aisch, “Who Wins and Loses in Trump’s Proposed Budget,” New York Times, March 16, 2016,.

16. Sharon LaFraniere and Alan Rappeport, “Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget,” New York Times, Feb. 17, 2017 and Aaron Blake, “The 19 Agencies that Trump’s Budget Would Kill, Explained,” The Washington Post, March 16, 2016,.

17. Tracy Jan and Steven Mufson, “If You’re a Poor Person in America, Trump’s Budget Is Not for You,” The Washington Post, March 16, 2016.

18. Lisa Friedman and Brad Plumer, “E.P.A. Announces Repeal of Major Obama-era Carbon Emissions Rule,” New York Times, Oct. 9, 2017,

19. Richard Trumka, “Why I Quit Trump’s Business Council,” New York Times, Aug. 16, 2017,

20. Kim Moody, “The Rank and File Strategy,” in Kim Moody, In Solidarity: Essays on Working Class Organization in the United States (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2014), 114. A version of this essay can also be found online here

21. Aaron Brenner, Robert Brenner, and Cal Winslow, eds, Rebel Rank and File: Labor Militancy and Revolt from Below During the Long 1970s (New York: Verso, 2010).

22. Dan La Botz, “The Tumultuous Teamsters of the 1970s,” in Aaron Brenner, Robert Brenner, and Cal Winslow. And Dan La Botz, Rank-and-File Rebellion: Teamsters for a Democratic Union (New York: Verso, 1990).

23. Dan La Botz, The Fight at UPS: The Teamsters Victory and the Future of the “New Labor Movement,” (Solidarity, 1997). Unfortunately, a few months later the U.S. government removed Carey from office because of corruption by underlings in his election campaign; Carey was never found guilty of any crime.

24. Nick Wingfield, “Amazon Proves Infertile Soil for Unions, So Far,” New York Times, May 16, 2016. 

25. Michael J. Coren, “Silicon Valley Tech Workers Are Talking About Starting Their First Union in 2017 to Resist Trump,” Quartz, March 24, 2017,

26. Guy Standing, The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014), passim.

27. David Weil, The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad for So Many and What Can Be Done to Improve It (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2014), passim.

28. Wayne Lewchuk, “Precarious jobs: Where are they, and how do they affect well-being?” The Economic and Labour Relations Review (Vol. 28(3), 2017), 402–419.