Trump’s Deregulation Agenda Means Lower Pay and Higher Injury Risk for America’s Workers

Washington, DC—Following is a statement from Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, in response to the Trump administration’s rollout today of its deregulatory agenda:

“At his inauguration, Donald Trump promised that every decision he makes would be guided, first and foremost, by whether it benefits America’s workers.

“But over the last eight months, President Trump has made a mockery of his own promise, siding with Wall Street and wealthy corporations over working families at virtually every turn.

“He and his administration, with help from Republican leaders in Congress, have launched initiatives that take money out of workers’ paychecks, take away on-the-job protections that help workers come home safe to their families at the end of their shifts, and make it harder for workers to count on their own hard-earned retirement savings.

“The president has taken the art of saying one thing and doing the opposite to a whole new level. Americans need to look beyond the populist rhetoric, because what’s really happening right now is a war on working people and their families, waged through the administration’s policy initiatives.

“Today’s rollout of the administration’s deregulatory agenda (which is closed to the press and the public) likely consists of more giveaways to corporate interests, which have taken over the political leadership of the U.S. Department of Labor and other worker-focused agencies.

“America’s working men and women should not be fooled by the administration’s grandiose rhetoric around deregulation. The rush to deregulate won’t create any new jobs—it will just make the ones that already exist less safe and of a lower quality. That’s not putting America’s worker first—that’s allowing corporate America to keep dictating the rules of the game.”

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