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President Biden & National AFL-CIO Labor Law Agendas 'Track Each Other' – Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ Agenda Contains The Words ‘Union, Right To Organize & Worker' Run Through It Like A Constant Thread

Published Wednesday, January 20, 2021
by Mark Gruenberg/People’s World
President Biden & National AFL-CIO Labor Law Agendas 'Track Each Other' – Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ Agenda Contains The Words ‘Union, Right To Organize & Worker' Run Through It Like A Constant Thread

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Go to incoming Democratic President Joe Biden’s “Building Back Better” agenda on his website and read through it - the word “Union,” the phrase “right to organize” and especially the word “Worker” run through it like a constant thread.

No wonder National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, in a January 12th telephone press conference, considered Biden the most Pro-Worker President in decades.

“And in one week and one day, Joe Biden will be inaugurated and we’re ready to work with him,” Trumka said.

That’s because two key items of Pro-Worker Legislation top both Biden’s agenda and the Workers First Agenda Trumka unveiled at the press conference.

And so does a lot of other legislation, from job safety and health rules to new infrastructure that the incoming U.S. Chief Executive advocates.

The first is more and more immediate aid to Workers and their families who are battling the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The second is needed closures to curb the economic depression caused by the pandemic.

The second and the one with potentially longer impact is Congressional passage of the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, the most Pro-Worker Comprehensive Labor Law since the original National Labor Relations Act of 1935.

But back to Biden’s agenda: It’s very first sectionBuild Back Better: Joe Biden’s Jobs And Economic Recovery Plan For Working Families“Worker” appears 59 times, “Union” appears 26 times, and “right to organize” is listed half-a-dozen times - all in one devoted to benefits of passing the PRO Act.  

But it’s not just that.

“Let’s ‘not just praise them, let’s pay them,’” Biden said of Workers.

That means “a decent wage, at least $15 per hour, and ending the Tipped Minimum Wage and Sub-Minimum Wage for people with disabilities, and strong benefits so they can live a Middle Class life and provide opportunity for their kids.  This starts with passing the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, providing public service and Federal Government Workers with bargaining rights, and taking other steps to make it easier for Workers to organize Unions and collectively bargain,” Biden said.

And Biden promises to “address discrimination and harassment in the workplace and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act as the next step in efforts to ensure women are paid equally for equal work.”

Biden also will push “Universal Paid Sick Days and twelve weeks of Paid Family and Medical Leave.”

Biden wants to insert the PRO Act, including his own idea of sending repeat Labor Law-breaking corporate honchos to jail, into his plan to rebuild U.S. manufacturing.

Other PRO Act parts include Card Check Recognition, Bargaining Rights for Public Service Workers, “a broad definition of ‘Employee’” under Labor Law, to cover more Workers “and tough enforcement to end the misclassification of Workers as ‘independent’ contractors.”

“Throughout the ‘entire’ campaign, ‘Joe Biden talked about the importance of rebuilding Unions’” as well as passing the key legislation, Trumka explained.

Labor will build its campaign around current popular support, around 65%, for the role of Unions.

To Continue Reading This Labor News Story, Go To: www.peoplesworld.org/article/biden-afl-cio-labor-law-agendas-track-each-other/

 

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