worker rights are human rights, then Donald Trump’s pick for
his United Nations ambassador is someone who has shown she has little
respect for workers’ rights or the Universal Declaration of
Haley, governor of South Carolina, is Trump’s UN
ambassador-in-waiting and, during the Republican primary elections,
she favored just about anyone but Trump and was not hesitant to say
it. The 44-year-old, first generation American certainly seemed to
be one of the first Republicans that Trump would go after, as soon as
he became the GOP’s nominee for president, considering his
apparent vindictive streak. Instead, he embraced (in a manner of
speaking) Haley and made her one of two women selected early in
assembling his administration.
question is: What will Haley take to the UN in her representation of
the principles on which the U.S. was founded? And the answer lies in
her attitude toward working men and women in South Carolina, during
her term as governor and even before that.
governor, she has shown contempt for the principle that workers’
rights are human rights, if she ever had any idea that such rights
were human rights. She, like many right-wing Republican politicians,
has fought the unionization of workers in her state at every turn,
acting more like a representative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
than that of the representative of the people, not unlike U.S.
Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), who acted as if he were a paid
union-buster, when the workers in the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant
tried to organize a union.
the International Association of Machinists (IAM) was in the process
of organizing the Boeing North Charleston plant in her state, she
took to the airwaves to become the spokeswoman for the anti-union
forces. And, in January 2015, she used part of her State of the
State message to promote the state’s anti-union reputation. It
reminded the nation and the world that the state’s hostility to
unions guarantees open arms to industries considering relocation to
South Carolina. It’s the South Carolina version of economic
Universal Declaration of Human Rights was formally adopted by the
United Nations on December 10, 1948, and is said to be the most
universal human rights document in existence, delineating the thirty
fundamental rights that form the basis for a democratic society.
Among those rights is stated in No. 4 of Article 23: “Everyone
has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of
his interests.” In those early years of the UN,
representatives from every region of the world knew that this
important clause was vital for the benefit of not only the individual
workers, but for his or her family, the community, and ultimately,
the nation. Without the rights enumerated in the declaration, there
was little chance that there would be a democratic process (of the
people, by the people, and for the people) in the nation as a whole.
show her absolute contempt for workers and their right to form
unions, she was asked during the IAM’s attempt to organize
Boeing workers what she would do if a large corporation (think one of
the Big Three auto companies) informed her that they might relocate
or build a large plant in South Carolina, but that the union would be
part of the move. Her answer was simple: She said she would tell
the company to stay out of South Carolina. Rare is such animus
against workers and unions shown in public, but that is her attitude
and that’s the attitude that she will carry to the UN and it
would not be unfair if the rest of the world believed that that
attitude is the attitude of the American people.
irony of Trump’s selection of Haley as his UN ambassador is
that he made multiple promises to wage working men and women, that he
would bring back jobs and make their lives and America “great
again.” One of the ways that workers’ lives were good
was that, for some period of time in the nation, they could form
unions and negotiate the terms of their working lives. Those days
are long gone and the days of a secure middle class and working class
are numbered, because of the attitude of politicians like Haley.
Trump, in picking Haley, has ignored what she said about him during
the Republican primaries. It was reported by CBSNews on Feb. 16,
2016, that Gov. Haley said that Trump represents “everything a
governor doesn’t want in a president.”
thin-skinned as Trump is, he was willing to overlook the comments he
and Haley have made about each other and, in doing so, he has a young
(44-year-old) first generation woman politician, who is considered as
well to be a minority, since her parents emigrated from India. Trump
had to do a lot of overlooking to achieve that combination.
a state politician and governor, one of Haley’s primary goals
is to reduce taxes, according to her website and to push charter
schools, two things that are sure to weaken public schools systems,
all the while making wage workers pay for the two-pronged approach to
governing. Despite the insults that the two traded during the GOP
primary elections, there appears much for the president-elect to like
in Governor Haley.
does a first generation American appear to run in the same circles as
a self-described “very rich” man? Haley is the daughter
of a woman who created Exotica International, a women’s
clothing shop and Haley is said to have started working for her
mother at the age of 12. The Economist magazine reportedly likened
her to another successful woman politician, who was the daughter of
shopkeepers, Margaret Thatcher. It becomes easier to see how Trump
and Haley will get along just fine.