The domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville and President Trump’s un-American embrace of these racist groups left the AFL-CIO no choice but to leave the council.
After the election, we had hoped to work with the President to grow a healthy economy through a stronger manufacturing sector. The AFL-CIO joined the council with the hope that working people would have a powerful voice in this process. The AFL-CIO wanted to be a part of the council to help fix trade deals and ensure the U.S. remained competitive in the world economy. President Trump’s actions have not met up with the promises he made to working people during the campaign. His embrace of white-nationalist, neo-Nazis and the alt-right is un-American and we will not be a part of President’s PR sham.
It is simple. Saturday’s attack was an act of domestic terrorism. The labor movement has always led the fight for equality and ending racism. This time is no different. White supremacists and neo-Nazis are racist and we will not stand with a President that does not unequivocally condemn these racists.
The true values of our country and the labor movement are values of equality and solidarity. This racism and bigotry is evil and does not represent the true values of this country.
President Mike Louis
Secretary Treasurer Jacob Hummel
And the Missouri AFL-CIO Staff