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Project 2025 and Unions

Project 2025 is the 920-page document by Donald Trump and his allies that spells out what they plan to do during a Trump second term.

We broke it down for you: How would this agenda affect union members and working families?

Project 2025 includes proposals to:

  • Make it easier for employers to get rid of workers’ unions in the middle of our contracts.
  • Ban all public employee unions.
  • Allow states to ban labor unions, eliminate overtime protections and choose not to follow the national minimum wage.
  • Even eliminate the child labor rules that protect children from working in mines, meatpacking plants and other dangerous workplaces.

We are deeply concerned about pro-corporate policies that would drive up costs, put people out of work, endanger people’s lives and make it harder for working people to get ahead. For unions, this agenda would make it tougher for members to win gains in our next contracts and stack the deck in favor of CEOs.  

Navigate the issues below to learn why the agenda detailed in Project 2025 would be catastrophic for working people.

Ability to Organize

Ability to Organize

Lets Corporations Union-Bust in Secret

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would let big corporations secretly hire union-busting consultants to provide behind-the-scenes help in manipulating and scaring workers who try to organize a union.

Makes It Illegal for Employers to Voluntarily Recognize Unions

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would make it harder for workers to form a union by forcing workplaces to hold secret ballot elections for a union, even when employers recognize that the majority of their employees plainly want one.

Lets Employers Take Away Unions Mid-Contract

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would give union-busting corporations a chance to get rid of a union even while workers are in the middle of a signed union contract.

Lets Employers Retaliate Against Union Organizers

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would make it easier for corporations to discipline or even fire workers for engaging in collective action and organizing.

Lets Employers Create Their Own Sham Company Unions

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would let employers sidestep national labor laws by creating their own phony employee organizations with fake employee committees hand-picked by management.

Workers' Rights

Workers' Rights

Lets States Gut National Overtime and Minimum Wage Laws—and Lets States Ban Labor Unions

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would allow states to obtain waivers from federal labor laws that protect workers’ paychecks and the right to join a union, putting Americans’ wages and benefits in a race to the bottom.

Lets Employers Stop Paying Overtime

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would do away with overtime pay guarantees and allow employers to instead give employees time off for their overtime work—the employer controls when—resulting in less pay and no new flexibility in schedules.

Repeals Labor and Wage Protections for Workers on Federal Projects

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would repeal the requirements for federally-funded projects to have project labor agreements (PLAs) and pay the prevailing wage in the region, leading to lower pay and more safety risks for workers.

Restricts Unemployment Insurance

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would make it harder for working families to access unemployment benefits.

Privatizes Unemployment Insurance Programs

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would outsource the administration of unemployment programs to “non-public organizations” (a fancy phrase for private companies), causing government workers to lose their jobs and workers to get poor services.

Cuts Assistance to Workers Whose Jobs Were Sent Overseas

The Trump Project 2025 agenda will not fund training and employment services for workers whose jobs are sent overseas from international trade.

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

Creates Loopholes That Allow Businesses to Put Worker Safety at Risk

The Trump Project 2025 agenda will let small businesses violate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) worker safety laws without punishment, no matter what deaths or injuries were caused by their negligence or recklessness.

Eliminates Child Labor Protections

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would eliminate the child labor rules that protect teenagers from working in mines, meatpacking plants and other dangerous workplaces.

Eliminates Reproductive Freedom Nationwide

The Trump Project 2025 agenda will expand upon the Dobbs decision to rob workers of the freedom to make their own health care decisions and make it more difficult to receive health care, including reproductive care.

Increases Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Prices

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would stop the government from negotiating Medicare Part D drug prices, making those prescriptions more expensive.

Slashes Funding for Medicaid

The Trump Project 2025 agenda will cut Medicaid benefits and make it harder for working people to receive health care.

Eliminates the Affordable Care Act

The Trump Project 2025 agenda discusses “health care reform” in depth with policies that would implement Trump’s goal of eliminating the Affordable Care Act (ACA), leaving millions without health care and allowing insurers to bring back pre-existing conditions.

Public Sector Workers

Public Sector Workers

Ends Public Sector Unions

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would ban all public employee unions.

Fires Civil Service Workers and Replaces Them with Trump Anti-Union Loyalists

Trump will remove civil service protections from federal workers, allowing him to fire civil service workers and staff the government with unqualified loyalists.

Cuts Retirement Benefits for Federal Employees

The Trump Project 2025 agenda will cut retirement benefits for federal workers.

Eliminates the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would eliminate the program that allows teachers, firefighters, social workers and other public service workers to have their student loan debt forgiven after 10 years of public service and 120 qualifying payments on their Direct Loans.

Retirement Security

Retirement Security

Guts Retirement Benefits for Federal Employees

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would cut retirement benefits for federal workers.

Civil Rights

Civil Rights

Uses a Second Term to Punish Political Enemies

Trump has promised to use the executive branch to punish his opponents, not work for the American people.

Eliminates the Offices of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Every Government Agency

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would eliminate attempts to recruit diverse candidates and support their civil rights.

Stops Workplace Discrimination Data Collection

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would make it illegal for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces anti-discrimination laws, to collect data on workplace discrimination, making civil rights discrimination lawsuits impossible to prove.

Makes It Easier for Employers to Discriminate Based on Race and Gender

The Trump Project 2025 agenda eliminates “disparate impact” as a category of discrimination, which would make it easier for employers to discriminate based on people’s race or gender.

Lets Federal Contractors Discriminate Without Oversight

Trump will make it easy for federal contractors to discriminate by ending any oversight over them.

Removes Federal Anti-Discrimination Protections for LGBTQIA+

The Trump Project 2025 agenda will make it easier for employers to discriminate based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Consumer Rights

Consumer Rights

Eliminates the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would abolish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which has returned $19 billion to people cheated by big banks and financial institutions since its creation after the 2008 financial crisis.

Shields Big Corporations from Antitrust Actions and Lets Them Continue Raising Prices

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would make it harder to bring antitrust actions against giant corporations like Ticketmaster, instead letting them corner a market and raise prices on working people.

Education

Education

Eliminates the Department of Education and Destroys Public Education

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would eliminate the Department of Education and direct public school funding to private school vouchers.

Eliminates Head Start

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would end Head Start, which helps promote school readiness for infants, toddlers and preschoolers from low-income families.

Eliminates Universal Free School Meals Programs

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would direct the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to work with lawmakers to end universal free school meals that provide food security to millions of children.

Eliminates Public Student Loans

The Trump Project 2025 agenda recommends privatizing all student loans, allowing greedy lenders to make even bigger profits off the backs of middle-class and working-class students who need help going to college.

Eliminates Public Broadcasting as We Know It

The Trump Project 2025 agenda would even go after “Sesame Street” and would eliminate PBS and NPR as we know it.

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