For immediate release
March 2, 2022
“We are in a marker moment for organizing, and tonight’s State of the Union address shows us once again that the Biden administration is pro-worker and pro-union. 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.
“President Biden’s remarks tonight reflect his promise to put workers on the forefront of his priorities—from raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour to calling on Congress to pass the Richard L. Trumka Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. 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. More recently, we’ve celebrated the nomination of the first Black woman to the Supreme Court with Biden’s strong pick in Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson who has a record of defending the right to organize and the right to vote.
“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. But before anything, we need to win—and win big, so we can secure more seats for a real Democratic-majority. This can only happen if the progressive and labor movement come together to fight for the administration’s bold agenda. We can’t do it alone.”