On the Aug. 27 episode of America’s Work Force Radio Podcast AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel talked about COVID-19 relief, United States Postal Service funding, the contrast between the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention and the Biden campaign’s labor-friendly agenda.
Samuel started by classifying the White House Chief of Staff’s negotiation attempts with Congressional Democrats as a sham. He said Chief of Staff Meadows most likely never intended to make a deal and only went to give the illusion of negotiating.
Saving the USPS
Samuel explained that the United States Postal Service (USPS) received a $25 billion infusion of funds and had some services restored that were cut by the new Postmaster General.
He explained why the USPS has been experiencing so many problems with funding over the past few years. Samuel said a past Republican Congress seems to have set the USPS up to fail. By forcing them to fund retirees health care seven decades out, a financial burden has been placed on the USPS.
RNC vs DNC
Samuel then compared and contrasted the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention. From those speaking all the way down to the stage and camera crew, he said the RNC failed to recognize workers.
One of the primetime RNC speakers was Rebecca Friedrichs, a disgruntled former member of the California Teachers Association. She blasted Unions as being anti-american and bad for workers.
Samuel also noted that the RNC did not use union labor for the setup or teardown of speech stages and production.
Praising the Democratic platform
Samuel praised Vice President Joe Biden for his willingness to take in all labor platform suggestions from the AFL-CIO. He said Joe Biden went even further and suggested imposing jail time for corporate executives who knowingly violate labor law.
He then said if Joe Biden is elected, the United States will see a resurgence of unionism and a revitalized middle class. Samuel added that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka endorsed the Joe Biden labor platform as being the most pro-worker platform in 50 years.