Trump Transition Meeting With Big Labor To Talk Trade, Jobs

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Members of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team are scheduled to meet with top labor unions inside Trump tower Thursday to discuss trade, jobs and the economy.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters hosted the meeting; representatives from the United Steelworkers, the Machinist Union, and the Communications Workers of America are expected to attend, according to Business Insider.

United Steelworkers representatives confirmed participation to Business Insider, while the Teamsters said it has a longstanding policy of not commenting on potential meetings with the White House. (RELATED: Big Labor, SEIU Slashes Budget Ahead Of Trump Presidency)

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the Trump transition, the Communication Workers of America, and the Machinist Union to confirm the meeting.

Trump recently named Robert Lighthizer as the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and named Peter Navarro as head of the newly created “White House National Trade Council.” Lighthizer is a former deputy USTR under Reagan and Navarro is an economic adviser for Trump.

Trump performed well among blue collar voters in the rust belt. His message on trade and keeping companies from outsourcing jobs overseas resonated with voters, including union members, in states like Michigan and Ohio.

The president-elect is tapping CKE restaurant CEO Andrew Puzder to lead his Department of Labor, a move that frustrates activists behind the “Fight For $15” movement. (RELATED: Trump To Nominate ‘Fight For $15″ Critic To Lead Department Of Labor)

Puzder has been a vocal critic of the “Fight For $15,” asserting that raising the minimum wage so drastically would result in low wage workers being replaced by automation at an even quicker pace.

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