Sat. 8:30 p.m.: Union members rally, urge president to sign executive order

WARREN – Union members and Democrats have a message for President Donald Trump: pick up your pen and sign an executive order to stop federal contractors from outsourcing jobs.

Members of the United Auto Workers Local 1112 and the Communication Workers of America, along with state senators and representatives, rallied at the UAW Local 1112 Hall, where they said Trump is just continuing a trend of tax breaks for corporations that is shattering the American dream. The rally was a stop on Good Jobs Nation’s “Promises Broken Midwest Pickup Tour,” who united with workers from General Motors and AT&T.

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, said the region already has been hit by the collapse of the steel industry and now it is happening again to the automobile industry and call centers. Trump promised to be a champion for workers and to stop offshoring jobs, she said, but instead of punishing corporations that ship jobs overseas, they have been awarded billions of dollars in lucrative federal contracts.

More than 20,000 jobs in Ohio have been lost and shipped overseas since Trump took office, Lepore-Hagan said.

Read more in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.