Power 100: Richard Trumka

, President, AFL-CIO

In the 2016 election, working class Americans broke ranks with the Democrats and voted for Donald Trump in significant numbers. As leader of the nation’s largest labor federation, Trumka took the hint and established a budding rapport with Trump. But in January, Trumka told the New York Times that the president had failed to deliver on his key election promises and had consequently lost labor support. “What he’s doing hasn’t matched up to what he’s said,” was Trumka’s comment. More recently, however, Trumka applauded the president’s controversial plan to place tariffs on steel and
aluminum imports.

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