Union leaders gotten in touch with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to stop lobbying President Trump Donald John Trump With VP choice, Biden can’t play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus strikes defense professional tasks Wake up America, your country doesn’t value your life MORE versus using the Defense Production Act (DPA), a law that offers the president broad authority to increase the production output of critical products in a nationwide emergency situation.
Company groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had actually been pressing the administration to not use the act but Trump bucked the business neighborhood on Friday by using DPA to force General Motors to ramp up production of ventilators.
Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Lee Saunders president of the American Federation of State, County and Local Workers (AFSCME), Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Educators (AFT), and Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association (NEA), wrote a letter to Chamber CEO Tom Donohue on Sunday.
” We condemn the Chamber’s efforts to lobby President Trump versus using the Defense Production Act to direct emergency situation production of life-saving PPE and medical devices such as ventilators. In times of extreme nationwide crisis, we should put politics and earnings aside, and we must come together to do what’s finest for people: that suggests producing and dispersing more equipment, quickly, by any methods essential. Lives actually depend on it,” the letter reads.
The groups applauded Trump’s move towards General Motors on Friday but added that it needs to only be the start of such moves.
” The idea that the Chamber would put fundamental profits and adherence to some incorrect principle of capitalism ahead of the safety of American workers and the general public at big is challenging to fathom,” the letter checks out.
The letter kept in mind that the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is causing healthcare workers to recycle masks and “scavenge for protective equipment.”
” As part of the Defense Production Act, President Trump has the power to focus on the circulation of existing materials and accelerate the production of specific items, like the ventilators used to treat the sickest clients with coronavirus and other serious illnesses,” the letter reads.
Trump has also been under pressure from former Vice President Joe Biden Joe Biden With VP pick, Biden can’t play little ball in a long ball world Survey: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 match Coronavirus pushes GOP’s Biden-Burisma probe to back burner MORE, New York City Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and others to utilize the DPA. He tapped White House assistant Peter Navarro to collaborate DPA policies on Friday.