Trump nominees draw more union flak: Nurses oppose Price at HHS; CWA’s Shelton denounces Mnuchin at Treasury

Add Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and Wall Street banker Steven Mnuchin to the ever-lengthening list of prospective Trump administration cabinet members whom unions want senators to reject. Whether the GOP-run Senate will do so is another matter entirely.

National Nurses United wrote to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, urging its members to reject Trump’s nod for Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. And Communications Workers President Chris Shelton said putting Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs partner, in at the Treasury Department runs counter to Trump’s pledges to “drain the swamp” of special interest influence peddling in D.C.

Price and Mnuchin thus join fast food magnate Andrew Puzder and Amway millionairess Elizabeth DeVos as nominees unions want solons to dump. Puzder’s chains are known for low wages and  job safety violations. Puzder, as Labor Secretary, would oversee those areas.

DeVos, who hates public schools and their teachers – because they’re unionized – is Trump’s pick as Education Secretary. DeVos pushes vouchers, charters and abolishing tenure.

NNU Co-presidents Deborah Burger, RN and Jean Ross, RN, said senators should reject Price for the HHS job since he proposes to “demolish the health care safety net” by repealing the Affordable Care Act, would let insurers bar coverage of pre-existing conditions and would cut Medicaid. And Price backs House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Medicare privatization.

“Price will pursue policies that substantially erode our nation’s health and security – eliminating health coverage, reducing access, shifting more costs to working people and their families, and throwing our most sick and vulnerable fellow Americans at the mercy of the healthcare industry,” Burger and Ross warned. “The Senate is under no obligation to confirm a nominee whose policy views are so outside the mainstream and opposed by the vast majority of Americans — including the president-elect.”

Shelton said Goldman Sachs’ actions helped cause the Great Recession and “Mnuchin personally profited from families’ losses during” it. Mnuchin “purchased failed banks and savings and loans then moved to foreclose on tens of thousands of working and middle-class families,” Shelton said. His union is leading an anti-Wall Street crusade.

Source: PAI