FACT CHECK: There is no “blue-collar boom”

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One Year After GM Layoffs Begin, Trump Lies About a Blue-Collar Boom

Donald Trump touted a “blue-collar boom” during his State of the Union address — but Ohio lost thousands of blue-collar jobs last year, and this week was the one-year anniversary of General Motors beginning involuntary layoffs of thousands of workers, leading to the shuttering of their Lordstown factory.


Donald Trump thinks that closing GM Lordstown ‘doesn’t really matter,’ and he has certainly acted that way, as he’s been to Ohio six times in the past year and has never once come to Lordstown to look the workers and community members in the eye,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “There is no ‘blue-collar boom’ happening in Ohio. It’s the exact opposite. We’ve lost thousands of blue-collar jobs over the past year, and Trump’s trade war by tweet has harmed Ohio manufacturers, farmers, small businesses and consumers. The Federal Reserve found that Trump’s failed trade policies backfired on manufacturing. On top of all that, Trump’s tax scam actually encourages corporations to outsource jobs.

“Don’t be fooled by Donald Trump’s State of the Union lies about the economy. Many parts of Ohio that are heavily dependent on manufacturing are struggling with job losses. Trump keeps breaking his promises, and Ohio workers are paying the price.”

Last year was the worst year for Ohio’s job growth since 2009, and the Buckeye State lost 1,700 manufacturing jobs and 9,000 construction jobs between December 2018 and December 2019. Just today we learned that the nation lost 12,000 manufacturing jobs last month.


Protecting the Right to Organize

This week state Reps. H. Gilson Blair and Brigid Kelly celebrated the U.S. House’s passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Blair and Kelly have introduced a resolution calling on Congress to pass this legislation, which would give millions of workers additional protections to organize and negotiate for better pay, better benefits and safer working conditions.


“I am pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the PRO Act,” Blair said. “We urge the U.S. Senate to quickly follow suit. This act will strengthen our nation’s economy by supporting working families and leveling the playing field for economic development.”

“The PRO Act is a long overdue step to make a more level playing field for workers. When hard-working people join together and negotiate for a better life, it builds a stronger economy, a stronger state and a stronger nation,” said Kelly. “I now urge the U.S. Senate to stand with workers and pass this legislation quickly.”


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