Labor unions throughout the United States rejoiced when President-elect Joe Biden was declared the presumptive winner and they once again had a friend in the White House.
AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs Bill Samuel joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what the Biden-Harris victory means for organized labor and how they will advance the labor movement.
Union-friendly Biden administration
After having endured four years of anti-labor rhetoric, pro-employer policy and dealing with corporate lawyers on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the labor movement is happy to have survived the Trump administration.
The 2020 election saw a rejection of the Trump administration by union members as they voted in favor of the Biden-Harris ticket. This is a reversal from 2016 when many union members voted for President Trump because of his campaign promises of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. and passing an infrastructure bill that would employ many union members.
This time around, union members were sure to vote for the candidate who has had a career of supporting their causes.
Getting out the vote
Many AFL-CIO affiliated labor unions took the lead on growing support for President-elect Biden. They conducted get out the vote campaigns targeted at union members and union families, as well as reached out to other voters about why a vote for Biden was desperately needed to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.