Trump's Budget: A sellout of working people

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Donald Trump promised to be a champion for working people. He lied.

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The following is Interfaith Worker Justice Executive Director Laura Barrett’s response to proposed $2.5 billion budget cuts to the Department of Labor:

“The Trump Administration’s $2.5 billion in proposed cuts to the Department of Labor are in deep violation of the president’s campaign trail promises to be a champion for working people.

“Even a cursory review of which Department of Labor programs the Administration intends to cut or eliminate shows its true intentions to sell out the nation’s working people to the same old special interest parasites that have been feasting on the fruits of labor for decades.

“Proposed cuts to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) —the agency charged with ensuring workplaces are in compliance with safety regulations— are particularly galling.

“Currently, there is only one OSHA inspector for every 59,000 working people in the nation, making it impossible for OSHA to inspect each and every workplace in the country. Instead, the most cost-effective way to prevent workplace injuries or death is to have a workforce educated in health and safety on the job.

“Since its inception in 1978, more than 2.1 million working people have completed health and safety trainings under OSHA’s Susan Harwood Grant Program. In the past five years, Interfaith Worker Justice and its affiliates have trained thousands of difficult-to-reach and often vulnerable working people on occupational health and safety issues. These trainings have saved lives and prevented serious workplace injuries and illnesses. Cutting this relatively low-cost program from OSHA’s budget will put working people across the nation at risk of serious injury or death on the job. This is unacceptable.

“All of the proposed cuts to the Department of Labor are the strongest indicator yet that Donald J. Trump’s promises to be a champion for working people on the campaign trail and during the early days of his administration were nothing more than a brash, oft-repeated lie.

“The nation’s working people deserve better. We will fight these proposed cuts at every turn.”