Unions: ‘We have to make sure that we’re in the business of representing the workers that are being represented’
Unions say the next steps include an agreement with the White House to address the concerns of workers and a plan to increase representation in bargaining units.
The union represents a variety of workers including teachers, construction workers, bus drivers, restaurant and catering workers, postal workers, bartenders, truck drivers, food service workers and more.
“We have a lot of work to do,” said Matt Hickey, president of the Service Employees International Union.
“The first step is to work with the administration and the White Houses to address these issues.”
The administration has acknowledged that some workers have been overworked.
President Donald Trump has made clear that he’s looking to expand access to higher education and to pay for more jobs.
He has also vowed to increase the minimum wage.
Hickey said the administration is working with unions on issues of pay, healthcare and overtime, and said the White Senate will also be “on the ground” in the coming weeks to discuss wage issues.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
Hurdle to win over workers Trump’s administration has been a slow burner for union leaders, who are often criticized for not holding firm on a lot.
Trump has said he will sign an executive order that would overhaul the way unions are represented in the workplace, which could include hiring more workers, increasing overtime pay, and increasing benefits.
But it hasn’t happened.
“Our goal is to make the president and the union president both win at the ballot box,” Hurdles said.
“It’s a big challenge, but we have to have a good leader.”
Hurdels point of view is different from that of union leaders who have advocated for a more aggressive approach.
“I think the administration has to get its act together, and they’ve got to show the American people that they’re not just going to cave in to the president,” Hickey added.
Trump signed an executive action on Tuesday to increase overtime pay in the federal government, which would help make up for the $10 billion cut to the White, White House, and Congressional offices in 2018.
Housser said Trump needs to do more than just sign executive orders.
He needs to bring more attention to the issue, and he needs to make a decision soon, Houss, who is also president of a union that represents some 1.3 million workers in the private sector, told Axios.
The president needs to decide on an agreement on minimum wage, healthcare, and more, Hickey explained.
Trump’s decision to end a deal with the teachers union and to bring in his own “secretarial” to run the Office of Management and Budget came after several months of negotiations with the union, Hemser said.
He said he expected a deal that included the union would be reached this week.
“He needs to put the right people in there, but it will be a difficult, complicated negotiation,” Hemsers statement said.
The Obama administration had to fight hard to get a contract in place for workers in a variety different sectors, including construction and public health.
It wasn’t always easy, Houts said.
But, he said, the union has always done a good job in that area.
“They’ve always been really responsive, and that’s really the only way we can get anything done,” Houts told Axio.