AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the business leaders council that President Trump created never met and never did anything. Trumka, who had been one of the members of the panel and joined the exodus of people leaving it on Tuesday, called in a "broken promise" by the president.
"To be clear, the council never lived up to its potential for delivering policies that lift up working families. In fact, we were never called to a single official meeting, even though it comprised some of the world's top business and labor leaders. The AFL-CIO joined to bring the voices of working people to the table and advocate the manufacturing initiatives our country desperately needs. But the only thing the council ever manufactured was letterhead. In the end, it was just another broken promise," Trumka wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times.
Trumka, leader of the nation's largest labor federation, was one of eight business leaders who quit the council after Trump's various remarks about the violence in Charlottesville, Va. over weekend, in which one woman was killed after a car drove into a crowd of people protesting the alt-right rally being held in the town Saturday. His resignation followed that of Kenneth Frazier, CEO of the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co., Kevin Plank, CEO of the athletic wear company Under Armour, and Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, and Scott Paul, the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing. Trump officially disbanded the council as well as another one Wednesday.
The labor leader had been under pressure from liberal groups to quit the council. He initially held off doing so and instead downplayed the council's importance, telling Politico that it "has yet to hold any real meeting," and "there are real questions" about whether it would accomplish anything meaningful.