TRUMP PICKS ON THE DISABLED; HIS BASE PURGES THEM
Few will forget how our Leader mocked a reporter during the campaign for being disabled. For those who thought that suggested a man with a low opinion of the disabled, here are some stats to fill out your thinking on his predisposition toward the disabled. In 2017, the federal government fired 2,626 full-time employees with disabilities, according to documents from the EEOC obtained by NBC News. That marks a 24 percent increase from 2016. There also has been a 20 percent increase since Jan. 1, 2017, in the number of disability discrimination complaints filed by federal employees of cabinet-level agencies, according to an NBC News analysis of data from the EEOC. The President does not fire or discriminate against these folks himself. That is done by his appointees, who are drawn from his political base. You can draw your own conclusions, but we also hope union leaders realize that there is a great need for skilled reps among the disabled. So, get out there and train your stewards in the basics of disability discrimination and try to recruit new stewards from among the disabled. Better yet, open up conversations with the associations representing the disabled. You both need each other.