Union Calls Department of Labor Honoring of Reagan “Shocking”

By Sahid Fawaz

Ever get the feeling that the Trump administration is trolling us?

If not, this bit of news might change your mind.

The Washington Post reports:

“Isn’t it weird that someone who could contend for the title of America’s Greatest Union Buster will be inducted into the Labor Department’s Hall of Honor?

More than strange, the union representing Labor Department employees says honoring former president Ronald Reagan is shocking.

But Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta thinks inducting Reagan is a fine idea. So does the Sergeants Benevolent Association of New York City, a union that nominated him. No date for the induction has been announced.

‘Well before he led this nation, Ronald Reagan led the Screen Actors Guild during its first three strikes,’ Acosta said when he announced the planned induction during remarks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., last month. ‘As President of the Screen Actors Guild, President Reagan negotiated never-before-seen concessions for SAG members, which included residual payments and health and pension benefits. As President of this nation, Ronald Reagan continued to recognize the contributions of unions to a free society. His support for Solidarity in Poland prompted a flourishing of freedom that ultimately led to the collapse of Communism.’

Curiously — or not — Acosta’s statement didn’t mention Reagan’s role in busting the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO). In 1981, he fired more than 11,300 air traffic controllers when they did not end an illegal strike. PATCO then was decertified by the Federal Labor Relations Authority. When it comes to labor organizations, Reagan’s presidential actions overshadow his tenure with the Screen Actors Guild, which has its own controversy.”

For the rest of the story, check out the full piece at the Washington Post.

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