‘100 Days Of Helping Workers’ - President Biden's ‘First 100 Days Have Included A Whirlwind Of Action To Support Unions & Working People’
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Thursday, April 29th marked the 100th day that Joe Biden has been President of the United States. The first 100 days have been used as a benchmark since President Franklin Roosevelt on how successful the new President is in getting things done right away.
Roosevelt first used the term to explain all of the legislation he got passed in 1933 to deal with the Great Depression, including many of his most famous New Deal policies.
Since then, the phrase has stuck, and the media uses it as a barometer of how well the President has started their term.
For Working People, the Biden Presidency has been a complete 180 from Republican Donald Trump’s Administration.
Gone are the tweets in the middle of the night and the self-aggrandizing press conferences.
These were replaced by a President who is focused on getting the country vaccinated and back to work and a President who talks to Union Leaders instead of fighting with them.
Below is a list of some of the biggest accomplishments for Workers that President Biden has made in his first 100 days in office.
Let’s start with the vaccine rollout, when Biden first took office, he pledged that by the 100-day mark 100 million people would have received the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Biden Administration, with the help of state and local governments, shattered that goal by getting 235 million shots in arms in just 100 days.
How About Hiring’s & Firing’s:
Fired Peter Robb - Robb was the Anti-Union General Counsel that Trump appointed to lead the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Traditionally the General Counsel is tasked with prosecuting cases against bad employers, but Robb used the position to go after Unions and Union-friendly rules. Robb was fired within hours of Biden taking office.
Appointed Peter Ohr Acting NLRB General Counsel & Jennifer Abruzzo To Be The Permanent General Counsel - After firing Robb, Biden made Ohr - a long-time Regional Director, the acting NLRB General Counsel. Ohr has since begun to undo many of the Trump-era regulations that the Union-Busters Trump appointed to put in. Biden has since nominated Jennifer Abruzzo, the Special Counsel for Strategic Initiatives for the Communications Workers of America (CWA), to become the permanent replacement. Abruzzo will have a hearing before the Senate during the first week in May.
Appointed Marty Walsh Labor Secretary and Julie Su To Be His Deputy - Walsh, the former Mayor of Boston, was previously a Union Leader with Laborers Local 223 and the head of the Metropolitan Building Trades. Walsh is the first Union Leader to lead the department in more than half a century. Walsh has hit the ground running, doing interviews across the country to sell Biden’s huge infrastructure plan. Biden also selected Julie Su as the Deputy Labor Secretary. Su ran the California version of the Department of Labor and has a long history of advocating for Workers' Rights, especially Immigrant and trafficked Workers.
Biden Fired More Trumpers In The U.S. Department Of Labor - Early in his first weeks in office, Biden issued an ultimatum to the 10 Anti-Union Members of the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) - resign or be fired. Within hours, eight had resigned and the final two were removed from office. With these members removed, Federal Unions were once again able to get a fair shake in front of the FSIP, after four years where the government won 90% of the cases that came before the panel.
Biden Picks An International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Leader For The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board - Robert “Bobby” Klein, the retired 10th District International Vice President of the IBEW, was selected to serve a five-year term as a member of the Board of Directors for the TVA, a government-owned utility that provides electricity to nearly 10 million Americans in the States of Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Virginia. The TVA employs more than 2,500 IBEW Members.
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