PHOENIX – Following Labor Day, the Arizona Democratic Party hosted a press call with Arizona labor leaders and small business owners to highlight how Trump’s failed leadership has hurt workers and working families across Arizona.
During the call, Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director Fred Yamashita, State Senator Lupe Contreras (Senate District 19), and Tucson small business owner José A. Jiménez called out the devastating consequences of Trump’s failed leadership for Arizona workers, working families, and unions.
Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director Fred Yamashita: “We just celebrated Labor Day. I say celebrate with a lot of mixed emotions, because today workers — probably more than any other time in my lifetime — don’t have a lot of things to actually celebrate. Union members and workers all across this country are in the fight of their lives. Not only are they trying to survive the inaction and failed policies of President Trump regarding the coronavirus and the worst economic downtown this country has seen since the Great Depression; but also the continued and direct attacks on working families and union members. President Trump has given billions to corporations that were supposed to keep American workers on the job — only to see massive stock buybacks and thousands of union members laid off while they watched their jobs being shipped overseas.”
State Senator Lupe Contreras (Senate District 19): “We’ve had Trump taking care of the wealthy and well-connected, and yet working families across Arizona are all being left behind. We have our working people hit the hardest by the Trump economic meltdown. But instead of working with working families, Trump is focused on funneling all of the relief money to the rich and well-connected. The hardest hit families in our areas across Arizona, like in my district, are being hit the hardest because they either have to go to work or their jobs aren’t there. Small businesses are the backbone of Arizona’s economy — especially in communities of color. Trump’s chaotic pandemic response is erasing the wealth of an entire generation of Black, Latino, and AAPI Arizonans. We need to change that.”
Tucson small business owner José A. Jiménez: “While many Tucson small businesses are being tremendously affected, the arts community is taking a horrific beating. A lot of the [relief] programs that have been set in motion are not set for the smallest of businesses — self-employed people, no employees. And that has been very difficult on the Tucson community, which is very artistic in its endeavors. There doesn’t seem to be a consistent plan that’s been rolled out in order to facilitate and help those in the greatest need. I’m looking forward to a different plan. I’m looking forward to leadership. I’m looking forward to a better, more consistent future.”