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WGA West President Blasts Donald Trump Over Attack on Steelworkers Union Exec

Variety logo Variety 12/8/2016 Dave McNary
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Writers Guild of America West president Howard A. Rodman has issued a blistering condemnation of President-elect Donald Trump over attempts to intimidate Indiana union official Chuck Jones.

Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, had noted that 550 of his members at Carrier plants would lose their jobs in spite of Trump’s deal to keep another thousand jobs from moving to Mexico. Trump responded by attacking Jones on Twitter.

“We stand in solidarity with the members of Local 1999 and with their chosen leadership,” Rodman said in a statement on Thursday. “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.”

Rodman pointed out that Jones has reported receiving threats of bodily harm following Trump’s attacks.

Trump attacked Jones in a pair of Tweets on Wednesday.

Read Rodman’s full message to the guild’s 8,000 members below.

“Chuck Jones is President of United Steelworkers Local 1999, which represents the workers of the Carrier plants in Indiana. This week he spoke out about the much-publicized deal to keep over a thousand jobs from moving to Mexico, calling it a promise ‘half-way delivered.’ He pointed out a truer set of numbers: that even as Carrier would receive seven million dollars in tax breaks, 550 of his members would lose their livelihoods after all.

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. He said its dues were too high. He blamed the workers themselves for the loss of jobs. And he attacked 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. 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.”

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