January 20th marks the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. A new report by EPI Labor Counsel Celine McNicholas and Associate Labor Counsel Marni von Wilpert lays out the 10 worst actions taken by Congress and President Trump in the last year—actions that will significantly erode pay growth and labor protections for working people. The GOP policymakers’ actions include passing a massive tax cut for wealthy business owners, rolling back vital worker protections, advancing nominees to key administration posts who have a history of exploiting working people, and other actions that further rig the system in favor of corporate interests and the wealthiest Americans.
“Donald Trump has systematically attacked working people at every turn,” said von Wilpert. “While the President claims to be an advocate for working people, his actions speak far louder than words. Trump spent his first year rolling back important worker protections in the Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. And while he has stripped working people of these important protections, we have yet to see any affirmative plan from the Trump administration about what it will actively do to protect workers’ health, wellbeing, and paychecks.”
“As we monitor what the Trump administration and congressional Republicans have done over the last year—from regulations rolled back to legislation enacted it is clear that the corporate lobby is winning every battle,” said EPI Labor Counsel Celine McNicholas. “When it comes to workers versus corporate interests—employers are winning at every turn, and working people are losing power.”
In the last year, Trump and Republican policymakers have:
- Stacked the Federal Reserve Board with candidates friendlier to Wall Street than working families
- Ensured Wall Street advisors can pocket more of workers’ retirement savings
- Blocked workers from access to the courts by allowing mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts
- Taken billions out of workers’ pockets by weakening or abandoning regulations that protect their pay
EPI will continue to update its Policy Watch tracker with further actions taken by the Trump administration, Congress, and federal agencies to weaken workers’ rights.