As the Trump campaign and its allies continue to contest election results in multiple swing states, union leaders in these states are proud of the work they did to elect former Vice President Joe Biden and look forward to working with him to advance their interests.
Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale discussed how voters in his state pushed Biden to victory, how the incoming administration will help workers and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Pennsylvania and the 2020 election
Pennsylvania presented an entirely different story than it did in 2016. The state had been previously won by President Trump because of his promises to bring back manufacturing and energy jobs.
The state rebuked the president and gave President-elect Biden an 80,000 vote win.
Bloomingdale believes the state went red in 2016 because of distrust in Hillary Clinton. He also attributed it to Trump’s appeal to the working class. After breaking his promises to bring manufacturing jobs back to the state, they decided it was time for a change.
He also believes President-elect Biden will be one of the most worker-friendly presidents, echoing statements made by other labor leaders. The administration will hopefully work to pass legislation such as the PRO Act and other labor-friendly legislation.
The Union difference
Bloomingdale examined the difference a union makes in the workplace. During the COVID-19 pandemic, unions have led the way by educating their members and providing them with the proper personal protective equipment to continue working.
He also explained why workers should be able to bring up workplace issues without fear of repercussion and why workers deserve a livable wage, protections and benefits.