UAW President Dennis Williams backs Trump’s policies of militarism and trade war
29 May 2018
At a media roundtable last Thursday, United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams spelled out the union’s support for the recent announcement by the Trump administration that it is ordering a “national security” investigation into auto imports. The move could result in tariffs of as high as 25 percent under section 232 of 1962 legislation invoked by the White House to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum earlier this year.
In response to a question from a reporter, Williams declared his support for Trump “when he is working within the best interests of working men and women in this country, such as trade …”
He continued, “The US has become a dumping ground for a lot of countries … I thought we should be looking at imports a long time ago.”
The line-up of the UAW behind the viciously anti-working class Trump administration is hardly surprising. The extreme economic nationalism promoted by the UAW, the United Steelworkers (USW) and other unions dovetails with the fascistic “America First” nationalism of the far-right, including forces such as former Trump advisor Stephen Bannon.
The protectionist policies being pursued by the Trump administration against international rivals of US corporations have provoked warnings from sections of the ruling class of a descent into all-out trade war and the kind of beggar-thy-neighbor policies that preceded the outbreak of the Second World War. This includes pitting the US against supposed allies such as Germany and Canada.
Williams and other union leaders are in the camp of the most right-wing, fascistic ruling class advocates of economic nationalism and militarism.
Responding to another question,…