December 13, 2016
Dear members of Rutgers AAUP-AFT,
We are writing to call your attention to a message (below) that went out from the national AFT last week in solidarity with the Indiana steelworkers' leader, Chuck Jones, who recently came under attack from President-elect Trump. After hearing from some of you about this, we wanted to encourage our members to add their voices of support. Now more than ever, an injury to one is an injury to all.
David and Deepa
Attacking workers won't help, Mr. Trump
December 8, 2016
Dear AFT member,
Donald Trump ran for president promising to respect the working people of America. Now, at his very first opportunity to show respect to America's working families, the president-elect has failed the test.
Just last week, Trump was touting his effort to keep jobs at a Carrier plant in Indiana from moving overseas. Thanks to corporate tax breaks offered by Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Carrier is keeping hundreds of jobs in the state. These Carrier workers are no doubt relieved to be spending the holidays knowing their jobs are more secure, and we are grateful for it.
But Trump wasn’t honest with the workers at Carrier or the American people. And Chuck Jones—the president of United Steelworkers Local 1999 who represents the workers at that plant and has fought hard to bring the plight of his workers to the public’s attention—knew he had to hold Trump accountable. He explained Trump was taking credit for saving 350 jobs that were already slated to stay, but that 550 workers would still lose their jobs.
"Trump and Pence, they pulled a dog and pony show on the numbers," he said.
And because Jones told the truth, Trump—the president-elect of the United States—responded by personally attacking Jones and our union sisters and brothers across this country.
Trump took to Twitter and said Jones "has done a terrible job representing workers" because Jones wouldn't let Trump get away with lying. He suggested the steelworkers should be working harder.
Trump attacked a union activist for standing up for his members. We need to stand up to him and hold him accountable.
We've put together a page where you can send a message directly to Trump letting him know how you feel about his disrespect to Chuck Jones, the Steelworkers, and working women and men across America.
Click here to tell Donald Trump to show respect to America's working families and post your solidarity message to Facebook or Twitter.
Here are some sample messages:
- While Chuck Jones was standing up for Carrier jobs @ realDonaldTrump was buying steel from China hurting American @steelworkers
- .@ MikePenceVP praised Chuck Jones' work to save Carrier jobs & @ realDonaldTrump attacked him on Twitter #ImWithChuck
- #ImWithChuck .@ realDonaldTrump talked a big game about protecting our jobs, but at 1st chance went after hard working Chuck Jones on Twitter #ImWithChuck
- .@ realDonaldTrump's attack on Chuck Jones and Carrier Union prove he will not stand with workers over the next 4 years. #ImWithChuck
- #ChuckJones spoke truth about Carrier jobs & @ realDonaldTrump was caught in a lie. Going after CJ on Twitter isn't a solution #ImWithChuck
Thank you for standing up and helping us hold Trump accountable for the promises he made to the working people of this nation.
Solidarity message shared with union members by
David M Hughes
President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Professor of Anthropology
Deepa Kumar, Vice-President
Associate Professor, Journalism and Media Studies