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Elections are About Choices

September 29, 2016

There's a big difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, especially when it comes to the issues that matter to working families.

Compare the candidates' records on wages and workers' rights, fair trade, the economy, women's issues, veterans, and more.

Trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - CLINTON

Opposes the TPP trade deal. Says trade deals should benefit working people, not CEOs.

In looking at the TPP, says, "It didn’t meet my standards, my standards for more new, good jobs for Americans, for raising wages for Americans."

Supports more investment in domestic manufacturing to create good-paying U.S. jobs.

"I oppose the TPP agreement — and that means before and after the election."  Hillary Clinton to CWA, 7/11/16

Trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - TRUMP

Opposes the TPP trade deal. Would put anti-union hedge fund manager Carl Icahn in charge of trade negotiations.

Icahn has orchestrated the shutdown of three casinos in Atlantic City, refusing to negotiate with members of the union UNITE HERE.

Manufactures a big percentage of the Trump brand of clothing, ties and other products in Bangladesh, China, Mexico, and other countries.
Says U.S. wages are "too high."

Says U.S. automakers could shift production away from Michigan to communities where autoworkers would make less. "You can go to different parts of the United States and then ultimately you’d do full-circle — you’ll come back to Michigan because those guys are going to want their jobs back even if it is less."

After Michigan "loses a couple of plants — all of sudden you’ll make good deals in your own area." 

Page Sources: ABC News, AFL-CIO Now, Candidate websites, Cleveland.com, CNN, Detroit News, Newsweek, New York Times, Washington Post

Does Trump Cheat Workers?

WORKERS' RIGHTS- CLINTON

Opposes "right to work" (for less) laws and other corporate attacks on working people.

Believes in the fundamental right of working people to organize and bargain for better wages and working conditions.

Walked the picket line with CWA members on strike at Verizon.

Supported the Employee Free Choice Act so workers could have a union voice without being attacked and harassed by management.

WORKERS' RIGHTS - TRUMP

"I love the right to work. I like it better because it is lower. It is better for the people."

Trump says he has had "great success" building with unions and without unions. "If I had my choice, I think I’d take it without [unions]."

More than 60% of Trump projects developed outside New York City and Atlantic City, including most of his recent projects, were built nonunion.

The ECONOMY and FAIR TAXES- CLINTON

According to Moody’s, under Clinton’s plan, the economy would create 10.4 million jobs, or 3.2 million more than expected under current law.

Clinton would increase taxes for the wealthiest Americans, adding a 4% tax surcharge on incomes above $5 million. Those earning more than $1 million per year would have a minimum 30% income tax rate.

Clinton supports raising the minimum wage, at least to $12, and to $15 in some areas.

Clinton pledges to veto any effort to weaken financial reform and fight for stronger enforcement and accountability of financial interests.

The ECONOMY and FAIR TAXES - TRUMP

According to Moody’s, Trump economic plan would cause a two-year recession, 3.5 million lost jobs, and bigger debts and deficits.

Details are sketchy, but as the Wall Street Journal reports, Trump’s tax cuts would mainly benefit the rich. He would cut corporate taxes to 15 percent and cut the capital gains maximum tax rate on investment income. The plan would cost the economy trillions of dollars over 10 years.

Says, "Having a low minimum wage is not a bad thing for this country," and calls American wages "too high." On raising the minimum wage says, "I would not do it."

Trump would dismantle the Dodd-Frank financial reform law passed after the 2007-2009 financial crisis. He says the law "has made it impossible for bankers to function."

Trump hasn’t released his tax returns.

VETERANS- CLINTON

Says, "I’ll reform the VA—not privatize it. I’ll ensure our veterans get quality health care without enduring long waits, increase education and job opportunities, and end the appeals backlog—because veterans shouldn’t have to fight for benefits."

As a U.S. Senator, sponsored legislation to expand the GI bill so more veterans could get education and training benefits.

VETERANS - TRUMP

Wants to privatize the VA, putting veterans’ health care in the hands of for-profit insurance companies.

Called for cuts in funding for the GI bill.

Criticized the "Gold Star" family of Army Captain Humayun Kahn, who was killed in the Iraq war in 2004.

WOMEN'S RIGHTS and OPPORTUNITY- CLINTON

"Too often, these are called women’s issues. Well, I am a proud lifelong fighter for women’s issues, because I firmly believe what’s good for women is good for America."

As a U.S. Senator, sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to make it harder for employers to discriminate based on gender, race, age, or disability.

Supports guarantee of up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to care for a new child or a seriously ill family member, and up to 12 weeks of medical leave to recover from a serious illness or injury.

Says quality, affordable child care must become a reality for families.

Compensates men and women working on her campaign equally, according to Boston Globe analysis.

WOMEN'S RIGHTS and OPPORTUNITY - TRUMP

"I respect women, I love women, I cherish women... I will take care of women, and I have great respect for women."

On equal pay: "You’re gonna make the same if you do as good a job."

Doesn’t support paid family leave: "We have to keep our country very competitive, so you have to be careful of it."

Pays men on his campaign staff about 35 percent more than women, according to Boston Globe analysis.

On sexual harassment: "I would like to think she [daughter Ivanka] would find another career or find another company" if she were facing sexual harassment.

Page Sources: AFL-CIO Legislative Scorecards, Boston Globe, Candidate websites, Congressional Record, Military Times, Time, Wall Street Journal.

DO the VP Candidates Stand with Working Families?

KAINE

As a U.S. Senator, compiled a 96 percent lifetime voting rating from the AFL-CIO.

Introduced legislation to increase and index the minimum  wage. Supports pay equality and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

Confirmed his opposition to "right to work" (for less) laws.

Opposes the TPP trade deal.

Has a son serving in the military.

PENCE

As Governor, blocked local communities in Indiana from passing laws to improve sick leave or family leave for Indiana workers.

Blocked efforts to increase the Indiana minimum wage to $8.25 in 2013.

Defended Indiana’s "right to work" (for less) law.

Repealed the prevailing wage law that sets fair wages on government-funded construction projects.

Refused to meet with workers (members of the Steelworkers) who were losing their manufacturing jobs because Carrier was outsourcing them to Mexico.

Page Sources: Candidate websites, Fortune, IBEW, South Carolina Radio Network, Moody’s, New York Times, Reuters, USA Today, Wall Street Journal