Steven Greenhouse is a journalist specializing in labor issues and unions (formerly, for thirty-one years, for The New York Times) and the author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker (2009) and Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor (2019). (March 2020)
In 2016, Trump won over many blue-collar workers—losing the vote in union households by the smallest margin achieved by a Republican since Ronald Reagan trounced Walter Mondale in 1984. Anyone paying attention to the 2020 campaign can see that the Democratic candidates have learned from Clinton’s loss. In their speeches and platforms, they have focused on lifting workers, especially blue-collar workers. Trump is a conman nonpareil who has fooled millions of workers into believing he is their champion. No institution in society is better positioned than organized labor to disabuse workers of that demagogic notion.