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Trump on Runaway Auto Jobs

Aug 17, 2015

Donald Trump made headlines with his “new idea” on how to increase auto company profits by strong-arming union workers into accepting lower wages.

He said U.S. automakers should whipsaw one group of workers against workers in another state.

You can go to different parts of the United States and then ultimately you’d do full-circle—you’ll come back to Michigan because those guys are going to want their jobs back even if it is less,” Trump said. “We can do the rotation in the United States—it doesn’t have to be in Mexico.”

Hello! Has Trump been asleep for YEARS? Auto companies have been doing exactly this for decades. Here is a quote from a 1950 Ford Union Newspaper where an auto worker describes Ford beginning the process of moving 30,000 union jobs out of the Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan. It was “part of a pattern that calls for taking these jobs to new unorganized sections of the country to be manned by green workers at higher speeds and less pay.”

Only if you take a time machine back to 1950, are Donald Trump’s ideas new!