A union source told MSNBC that the party supplies store is a source of pride for many union members.
“It is a union store, it is a part of the union, so it has to be in the same building,” a union source said.
The source also added that many union workers who work for the party store are part of a group that has their own stores.
“The stores are all about making sure that you have a party supply,” the source said, adding that union members are more likely to go to the store if they are told that it is in their community.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump criticized the union for “bailouts” and “insiders” for outsourcing jobs.
“In my view, it’s a bailout for the insiders,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday.
“They’re putting people out there and they’re sending people out into the country who don’t know what they’re doing, who are going to make mistakes.
They’re putting them out there who are very insecure, who can’t manage the people that they’re putting in.”
On Tuesday afternoon, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) called on Trump to remove the union from the president’s list of trade deals.
A source familiar with the decision said the move will help keep the union out of the administration’s plans for a “big trade war.”
“We don’t have the numbers to do this, but I think it’s something that needs to be addressed,” the union source, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said.
“Trump has said he wants to make good on his campaign promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico, but he has made clear that he will not take on the TPP.
That has not deterred the unions from putting pressure on the White House to reverse its trade policies.”