Writer's Guild Chief Criticizes Trump Over Attacks on Carrier Union Leader

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The guild steps in to defend a steelworkers union leader.

Writers Guild of America West president Howard A. Rodman on Thursday went on the offensive against President-elect Donald Trump, criticizing him for attacking a United Steelworkers official who called Trump’s promise to save jobs at a Carrier factory in Indiana a promise “half-way delivered.”

“In retaliation the President-elect of the United States, Tweeting from his gilded apartment atop the tower that bears his name, lashed out yesterday at the union,” said Rodman. “He said its dues were too high. He blamed the workers themselves for the loss of jobs. And he attacked [United Steelworkers Local 1999 president Chuck Jones] by name. As a consequence, Jones and his family are now on the receiving end of a torrent of hate. He was told, ‘I better watch out for myself, and they know what kind of car I drive, that I better watch out for my kids.’"

“Whether we work in Culver City or Indianapolis, in writers rooms or on factory floors, we all of us have the right to fight for a better deal,” Rodman continued. “We stand in solidarity with the members of Local 1999 and with their chosen leadership. And we will not stand in silence as a President-elect, soon a President, uses his vast powers to intimidate the working men and women of our republic.”

Trump’s ire had been aroused when Jones pointed out that, even as Carrier would receive $7 million in tax breaks, 550 of Jones’s members would lose their jobs anyway.