For immediate release
January 20, 2022
Today marks one year since the inauguration of the most pro-union federal government in recent memory. Let us take stock of what that has meant for workers.
In this marker moment for organizing, we saw a sitting President weigh in on an active strike campaign in favor of workers. But actions speak louder than words. We are just one-year into a four-year term, but this year has been a world of difference from the previous administration that blatantly prioritized the needs of rich corporations and billionaires over workers and families amid a global pandemic.
Under the Biden/Harris administration, we have seen swift action to ensure key cabinets and agencies are headed by pro-worker leadership—including an actual labor leader heading the Department of Labor—with the backing and direction to advance the policies that will change lives. We also saw the passage of one of the most transformational pieces of legislation via the American Rescue Plan that for months helped keep some cash in people’s pockets while allowing for tens of thousands of laid off workers to access free healthcare through 100% COBRA coverage.
Now, it is 2022—and Midterm elections are around the corner. Our members are going to be asking themselves if they are better off than they were before voting for this President. Looking ahead, this administration must do whatever it takes to fulfill critical campaign promises.
One of the most urgent needs for the Biden/Harris administration is to move the #BuildBackBetter Agenda forward. This includes pushing for its full passage as one package—or breaking it up so that we can have folks on the record on every issue. Working people need to see their elected leaders fighting to get something done—and calling the question on the issues that matter—so we can hold these politicians accountable in November.