Labor unions and other worker-friendly organizations put their weight behind then candidate Joe Biden as he ran for President. Now, as leader of the free world, Biden is starting to deliver on his promises.
In late March, President Biden traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa. to introduce his infrastructure plan. IBEW Local 29 Executive Board member Mike Fiore was the one who introduced the President to the stage for this speech. Fiore joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the experience and outline what he expects from President Biden.
Welcoming President Biden to Pittsburgh
The IBEW Local 29 lineman was excited when his union’s leadership asked him if he would like the honor to welcome the President to the stage. The excitement turned to nerves as Fiore practiced his introduction and prepared for the moment.
The nerves quickly subsided when he met President Biden before taking the stage. He said the President was easy going and even said if he needs to, he will bail him out and just walk on stage.
Fiore said the introduction went well and he was proud to be trusted with introducing the President of the United States.
Tracking President Biden’s progress
On the campaign trail, President Biden billed himself as the middle class, pro-labor candidate. This attitude and the promises he made to working people raised the hopes of workers who had been experiencing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
So far, IBEW Local 29 and other unions believe the President is following through on his promises. The American Jobs Plan, which is he President’s most promising goal, seems to be gaining steam. Additionally, the push to pass the PRO Act has been welcomed by unions and workers seeking to organize.
Fiore said the COVID-19 pandemic put many people out of work, so the American Jobs Plan is a welcome change. The ambitious infrastructure plan promises to train and put thousands of Americans to work for years to come.