A Conservative Future for the Labor Movement?

President Donald Trump holds up an executive order he signed during a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board at the White House in Washington, D.C., June 26, 2020. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
The Right’s populists and reformers confront a tricky situation.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D onald Trump won the presidency thanks largely to a strong showing among working-class whites. But it’s never been clear what, if anything, this meant for conservatives’ relationship with organized labor.

As I noted within a month of Trump’s election for The American Conservative, even The Donald himself didn’t adopt the unions’ political stances during the campaign. He said, for example, that he supported right-to-work laws. Despite his success with the white working class, he lost union households in general by eight points (which, to be fair, was a huge improvement on the 20-point losses suffered by other recent GOP presidential candidates).


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