Blue-Collar Workers

In the U.S., blue-collar workers are defined by an hourly rate of pay and jobs that require manual labor. Blue-collar jobs range from cleaning and maintenance work to aircraft mechanics and construction. Most blue-collar jobs do not require formal education to perform the basic tasks. As a result, there is a fairly significant wage gap between blue- and white-collar workers. 

On Oct. 10, 2016, Trump said, “I love blue-collar workers, and I consider myself in a certain way to be a blue-collar worker.” This, despite the vast discrepancy between his earnings, background, and resources and blue collar incomes and assets, and the fact that Trump has a long record of non-payment of blue collar subcontractors on his real estate and construction projects. Yet, white blue-collar workers flocked to his campaign.

This page will track how Trump’s actions and statements impact blue-collar workers.



  • 2016.03.14 Trump says he'll bring jobs back to America. Economists are skeptical (PBS)
    "His assault on trade deals—which in some ways echoes arguments of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders—seems to be winning politics. But Trump’s analysis of how trade hurts American workers is flawed, and as president, he would struggle to deliver on his promises."
  • 2016.03.14 Donald Trump is no ‘blue-collar billionaire’ (Sacramento Bee)
    "Trump’s son calls him a “blue-collar billionaire.” But if he does make it to the White House, Trump will care much more about how to protect his own fortune—and those of the well-coiffed wealthy invited to his victory events at his luxury club in Palm Beach—than how to help working people make theirs."