'All of us have the right to fight for a better deal,' WGAW chief Howard A. Rodman says

By Oliver Gettell
Updated December 08, 2016 at 10:48 PM EST
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The Writers Guild of America, West has issued a statement criticizing Donald Trump for lashing out at a union leader who called the president-elect’s Carrier job deal a “halfway delivered” promise.

“Whether we work in Culver City or Indianapolis, in writers rooms or on factory floors, we all of us have the right to fight for a better deal,” WGAW President Howard A. Rodman said in the statement. He added, “We will not stand in silence as a president-elect, soon a president, uses his vast powers to intimidate the working men and women of our republic.”

Earlier this week in interviews with the Washington Post and CNN, Chuck Jones, the president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, refuted Trump’s claim that he saved 1,100 jobs at a Carrier furnace plant in Indianapolis from leaving to Mexico. Jones pointed out that even as Carrier would receive $7 million in tax breaks, 550 of his members would still lose their jobs, and 700 positions at a different Indiana plant would be moving to Mexico as well.

Trump disparaged Jones via social media Wednesday, tweeting that he had “done a terrible job representing workers” and adding, “If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana.”

In the WGAW statement, Rodman slammed Trump for “tweeting from his gilded apartment,” blaming the workers for the loss of their jobs, and attacking Jones by name, thereby putting him and his family “on the receiving end of a torrent of hate.”

Read Rodman’s full statement on the WGA website.