President Donald Trump is expected to announce plans to slash the wages of thousands of garment workers over the next few months, the White House announced on Tuesday.
The president is expected “to announce his proposal to reduce the pay of some 1.3 million workers in the garment industry by $20,000,” according to the White Senate.
The decision comes after the Trump administration failed to reach a deal with United Garment Workers (UFCW) that would prevent a shutdown of the North American Clothing Industry Association (NACEA), which represents garment workers in America’s apparel industry.
The union’s executive director said the $20.5 million reduction in the wages was due to Trump’s unwillingness to negotiate a long-term deal.
Trump is set to announce the proposed cuts at a joint news conference with the UFCW’s executive vice president, John McQuade.
The White House did not provide a timetable for when the cuts would take effect.
“It’s a tough decision for our workers, and we are looking forward to making sure the new administration is doing what is best for our country,” UFCW CEO Michael Cohen told reporters.
McQuade said the Trump Administration had made an “invaluable contribution” to the U.S. clothing industry.
McKenna reported from Los Angeles.