Vice President Biden has stood with unions and marched in solidarity2 with striking workers3 his entire career. Before he left the Senate in 2008 and entered the White House as vice president, he had a 100% voting record on working family issues in 2007 and a lifetime voting rating – over 35 years – of 85 percent4.
Joe Biden outlines his labor advocacy in his Empower Workers Plan.5
He explicitly states support for:
- The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which will protect workers’ right to organize and bargain collectively and increase penalties on companies that interfere with that basic right
- Encouraging and incentivizing unionization and collective bargaining
- Extending the right to organize and bargain collectively to independent contractors
- Upholding project labor agreements
- Investing in communities by widely applying and strictly enforcing prevailing wages on all federally-supported infrastructure and transportation projects
- Creating a cabinet-level working group that will focus solely on promoting union organizing and collective bargaining in the private and public sectors
- Banning “right-to-work” (state laws prohibiting unions from collecting dues)
- Increasing workplace safety and health by reinstating occupational and safety standards weakened under the current administration
Joe Biden was an original co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation that would have made it easier for workers to organize through card-check, which is included in the PRO Act.6
Joe Biden believes the federal government should not only defend workers’ right to organize and bargain collectively but also encourage collective bargaining.
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