While it may go without saying, there’s probably no President in American history more reviled by worker advocates than Ronald Reagan.
So in what can only be seen as a gross insult to the American labor movement and workers who have fought — and often died — to protect the rights and lives of working people in this country, Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta today named Reagan to the U.S. Department of Labor Hall of Honor.
This can only be seen as a gross insult to the American labor movement and workers who have fought — and often died — to protect the rights and lives of working people in this country
That would be the same Hall of Honor that honors Senator Ted Kennedy, the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers (“I am a Man”), Cesar Chavez, Bayard Rustin, A. Philip Randolph, Frances Perkins and many others who were actual champions of workers.
A week after his arrival, Auchter was shocked to find that the cover of an OSHA publication on Cotton Dust displayed a photograph by Earl Dotter of a cotton dust victim, Louis Harrell. Auchter, believing the cover to be inflammatory, ordered the remaining publications destroyed and reissued the document with no photo on the cover.
Is this Trump getting back at the AFL-CIO’s Rich Trumka and Thea Lee for resigning from his Manufacturing Council? Who can tell.
So what’s next? What could be crazier? The President announcing that Nazis and White Power advocates are very fine people?