Magazine November 25, 2019, Issue

How the Trump Administration Should Help Nontraditional Labor Organizations

President Donald Trump shakes hands with coal miner Michael Nelson at the White House in Washington, D.C., February 16, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
They offer some of the benefits of unions, without compelling membership or dues

Campaigning in 2016, Donald Trump portrayed himself as a champion for workers. He walked factory floors, rallied with men in hard hats, and promised that the GOP would become “a workers’ party.” So far, he hasn’t delivered. While the Trump economy offers full employment and rising wages, the administration has proffered few policies focused on the working class. Indeed, his highest-profile effort to cozy up to factory workers, a campaign of tariffs, has done harm to the very people it was supposed to help.

If the president wants to do something for the working class ahead of his reelection campaign, there’s

This article appears as “Labor Organizations That Don’t Coerce” in the November 25, 2019, print edition of National Review.

Eli Lehrer is president and co-founder of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank. He lives in Herndon, Va., with his wife, Kari, and son, Andrew.

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