YOUR CHOICE THE GLASS INDUSTRY
WEIGHS IN ON
b y E l l e n R o g e r s a n d T a r a T a f f e r a
he link between policy and business can be a signif cant one. With
the election just weeks away, USGlass magazine wanted to know what
issues were important to its readers.So we conducted a survey,extrap-
olated the results and present them along with where the major candidates
Ellen Rogers,how can you be so blind
to the facts. In your article “The Glass
Industry Weighs in on the Election”
stand on the issues that directly affect you and your businessco.
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cago and it may appear that this is one presidential candi-
date who loves glass. But is the feeling mutual?
Take a look at Trump International Hotel and Tower in
Chicago. Completed in 2009, the project was designed by
see the October USGlass, page 48), 60
Eliminate special interest tax loopholes and get rid of the “double taxation” on small businesses;
Ultimately replace all income and payroll taxes with
single consumption tax. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and is sheathed in glass
supplied by Viracon and installed by Permasteelisa. Lucas
Tryggestad with SOM worked closely on the project; his
percent of your members surveyed said
they would vote for Trump because he
would “have the most positive impact
on the glass industry.” Yet you spent
pages 52 and 54 praising Clinton and
page 50 bashing Trump. A good jour-
nalist would have presented both sides
of the argument, regardless of their
personal feelings. As a minimum, they
would have dug a little deeper to f nd
out why so much of their audience ac-
tually supports the view that you didn’t
agree with. Your magazine will no lon-
ger be one that I look to for industry
knowledge due to the obvious bias of
the editor. And I would be willing to
wager a $1,000 charitable contribution
to the charity of your choice that you
don’t have the courage to print this in
your editorial page.
to manipulate the economy, to manage private lives and businesses, or to place usnignneicfecsasnatrytobwure-r in Chicago and it
on schedule,” he adds.
rm won the design competition back in 2001. “This is
Allow a regulatory and tax environment that incentivizes fairness. “Regulation should not be used
nished on budget and
dens on those who make our economy work.”
“Apply common sense” to regulatory policy and “get rid of the unnecessary laws andOttahxeers hthaavten’t had such positive experiences.
syphon the resources businesses use to create the jobs we need.”
Supports free trade and opposes tariffs;
Supports the Trans-Paciﬁc Partnership (TPP).
In the early 1990s, Martin Rosenberg, one of the owners A handwritten fax Donald Trump sent to USGlass in 2010.
of Atlantic Plate and Window Glass,met with Donald Trump
about the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.Rosenberg says while he
was involved on some Trump projects prior to the Taj Mahal,
he worked for a bonding company and was paid well. This
Favors a fully private healthcare system and opposes the Affordable Care Act; last experience, however, was not a good one.
“Competition and the price transparency that competition will bring can accomplish“Athsefiamrpaesrath- e Taj Mahal, we started [the job] for Resorts
tives of affordability and availability.”
International, then they had some f nancial trouble and
Trump came in,” explains Rosenberg.“I was asked to go to
New York to meet with him, and I did.He asked how much it
Editor’s note: Johnson hasn’t made available as many policy specics related
to these issues as other major party candidates. Readers cawn ould cost to complete the glazing and I gave him the quote;
We asked participants to rank the views of the candidatveissitownwtwh.joehsnesoinswsuelde.scoimnfoorrdmeorre.
he said it was too much. I said I understand, but I can’t do it
of importance of how they would impact their voting decision. The list below
for less. He said‘will you do a good job?’ I said we always do,
thwawt’ws.uwsghlaysswmea’gv.ceomdone so much of the glass work in Atlantic
shows which issues ranked from most important to least important:
City … and he said ‘okay you have the job.’”
. National Security
Trump, however, facing his own f nancial troubles, didn’t
follow through in paying all his contractors and subcontrac-
tors on the project. The Taj Mahal casino owed $70 million Hundreds of contractors were unpaid for their work on
to 253 contractors when it opened. APG alone was owed Trump’s Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, according to a video with
. Foreign Policy
more than a million dollars.
Martin Rosenberg produced by the AFL-CIO.
The Trump organization ultimately f led for bankruptcy
and sold the Taj Mahal to fellow billionaire Carl Ichan.Today plier, he said, because he couldn’t f nd a U.S. producer.
the casino is closing, resulting in the loss of 3,000 jobs. “I ordered windows, thousands of windows the
So Rosenberg’s advice as far as a future Trump adminis- other day; they’re made in China,” he told CNBC in
tration? “Be careful, because he has a history of not paying the September 10, 2010 interview. “I don’t want to
PTlaheybiunildgingFatravdoesruintioenss,:inUclundi-ons Voice Support for Clinton
buy them, but it’s hard to get them anywhere else.”
Rosenberg spoke earlier this year at a rally in Atlantic City At the time, the U.S. was in the midst of the Great Re-
in support of Hillary Clinton. Before the rally, Rosenberg re- cession, and many glass industry companies were
searched Clinton and her experience and believes her to be quick to disagree on the availability of domestic win-
the best candidate for president, particularly given her time dows, pointing out that U.S. manufacturers offer
ing the International Union of Paint-
ers and Allied Trades (IUPAT) as well
as the International Association of
Bridges, Structural, Ornamental and
Reinforcing Iron Workers (Iron Work-
ers), have donated more than $5 mil-
lion to presidential candidate Hillary
Clinton’s campaign. The unions are
ranked in the top 20 industries in sup-
port of the Democratic candidate.
as f rst lady, senator and as secretary of state.
high-quality custom products—and are seeking work.
Trump, whose campaign is to “Make America Great USGlass had asked Trump for a statement regarding his
Again,” has also been called out in the past for not sup- stance, and we received the following in return: “China’s
porting U.S. manufacturers when it comes to select- artif cially low currency makes it hard for U.S. companies
ing building products—namely windows. Back in 2010, to compete. I would much rather buy ‘U.S.’ and do business
Trump placed a large window order from a Chinese with Pella (and others). The U.S. product is better.”
YOUR CHOICE producer. This made national news when he was inter-
016 viewed on CNBC. He purchased from Chinese sup-
Chris Sloan, director of IUPAT Gov-
ernment Affairs, explained that in In 2015, Hillary Clinton visited the District Council 15 IUPAT Las Vegas training
August 2015 IUPAT general president center, where she met with general president Kenneth Rigmaiden (ﬁrst row,
Kenneth Rigmaiden had put out com- second from left) as well as many of the members, including glaziers.
continued on page 52
USGlass, Metal Glazing October 2016
munication to all U.S. members asking
for their vote on the candidate they Allied Trades are ready to work every term and we can continue to build and
felt IUPAT should endorse. And over- day to elect Hillary Clinton as our next pull out of the tough times we’re still
whelmingly, he says, members voted to President of the United States.” recovering from.”
many jobs connected to the energy
endorse Clinton. According to Sloan, during her visit
Sloan adds, “Between our amndemm-anufacturing sectors, ironwork-
In October 2015 Rigmaiden an- to the training center she met and bership voting and her clear deesrisrearteo directly affected by new regu-
nounced the union’s endorsement spoke to apprentices and trainers in all engage with IUPAT … she haslsahtioownsnon greenhouse gases and other
during her visit to the IUPAT District of their crafts, including glazing.
Council 15 training center in Hender- “She was interested and really wanted
she’s with us, so we’re with her.”environmental issues. In the union’s
The Iron Workers are also endaosrsseisnsgment, other candidates for pres-
son, Nev. She took a short tour and met to know not only why the apprentice- Clinton. Last year that membiedresnhtiphave either unconstructively
with several instructors and appren- ship program is important but why voted unanimously to do so. Adcecnoiredd-climate change or shown a cav-
statement, after reviewainligerthaettitude toward jobs lost due to
tices to see
they learn their trades, including glaz- the apprentices’ lives and has created
ing and glasswork, among others.
pathway to fulf ll their lives,” says Sloan. General Executive Council felt theaxtpseecvt-s Clinton to take
“As the next president of the United “She showed she had the support of our eral other candidates aligned witahptphreoiarch, protecting the public from
States, Hillary Clinton is ready to meet members and she cares about our mem- values, but“none compare to Secproeltlaurtyion while keeping Americans at Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shakes hands with IUPAT general
the priorities of the members of the bers and increasing training opportuni- Clinton when it comes to puttinwg othroksbeuilding the economy.” president Kenneth Rigmaiden during her visit last year to the Las Vegas
International Union of Painters and ties and skills across the country.”
beliefs into practice. Clinton’s reTcohredunions aren’t the only ones sup- training center.
Allied Trades and working families,”
Sloan pointed out she also an- of looking out for the jobs thatpuonrtiionng Clinton; she also has ties to the
Rigmaiden had said that day to a crowd nounced $275 billion in infrastructure members rely on was the largestglfaazcitnogr industry, namely Corning Inc. to us in Corning, and you support your 2015 article. According to the website
of IUPAT members.“She is committed investment,which would be part of her in the council’s decision. Her supIpnorOtctober 2015, Bloomberg.com friends.” opensecrets.org, Corning donated
to creating jobs with signif cant infra-
rst 100 days. This, he added, would be for workers’ rights, infrastructuqureotiend- Thomas Blumer, a retired sup- The Bloomberg article also noted combined total (from individuals and
structure investment to rebuild our the largest investment in infrastructure vestment and economic opporptluyn-cihtyain executive at Corning—and a that more than 100 Corning employ- PACs) of $501,244 between1999-2016;
roads, bridges and highways, and she America has seen in decades.
lines up with the union’s prioritRieespufobrlican—who contributed $2,000 ees donated combined $196,700 individual contributions were $483,244
“As we still [work to] pull out of the the next administration.”
to Clinton, saying “She’s been friend to her campaign as of its October while PACs donated $18,000.
The statement also notes that “with
demonstration of how and how the program has transformed ing to
qualif cations of each candidaetnev, itrhoenmental regulation. The union
is ready to advance training programs,
like union apprenticeships, to f ll those 2008 recession, re-appropriation of
a lot of
jobs.The proud men and women of the federal construction dollars in
International Union of Painters and ways will help ensure recovery is long
Garrety Glass Inc.
continued on page 54
members, as you stated, but subscrib- with the Trump Organization.
ers). As you pointed out, 60 percent of USGlass magazine works hard to
Dear Mr. Garrety,
Thank you for your letter and taking survey respondents say they will vote be a non-biased source of informa-
the time to share your views on our for Donald Trump.In the story we wrote tion. The information we presented is
recent survey and article on the up- to accompany the survey, we did run a all backed by the evidence of our own
coming election. We always appreciate piece on the trade unions’ support of research and factual information. Had
when readers take the time to contact Hillary Clinton. Both the International there been anyone willing to speak out
us about our editorial,whether it’s pos- Union of Painters and Allied Trades as about their experiences working on a
itive or negative.
By the time you read this, the U.S. licly stated their support of Clinton.
will have just been through one of the During our research, we found very
well as the Ironworkers had both pub- Trump construction project, I can as-
sure you we would have used it.
I write this, currently undecided on
most historical elections the country few sources in the glazing industry who how I will vote in November. We had a
has ever had. The glass and glazing wanted to speak about their experiences team of writers, evenly balanced, pro-
industry will be impacted—and a working with Trump. We contacted vide research and reporting on each
presidency under either candidate will contract glaziers, glass fabricators and candidate. If you would like to make
bring pros and cons.
architects who have worked on Trump a donation to the Alzheimer’s Associ-
To f nd out what our industry was projects; there was little anyone would ation, that would be most appreciated.
feeling and thinking, we sent an email say. I am sure this is due to the impor-
survey to everyone in our subscriber da- tance of being respectful of the business
tabase (as a magazine, we do not have relationships these companies have had
Editor, USGlass magazine n
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