For immediate release
February 8, 2023
“President Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address focused on ways to make a more just economy and help those who have been left behind by an uneven recovery. Corporations — such as the hospitality companies in the industry that we represent — see a global pandemic as an opportunity to take advantage. But with the unequivocal support of the passage of legislation such as the PRO Act, President Biden shows he knows that unions are part of the answer to workplace exploitation.
“President Biden also focused his remarks on bread-and-butter economic issues that impact Americans daily. Issues from reigning in on Big Pharma’s greed, taxing the richest billionaires, and immigration reform with a path to citizenship for DACA and TPS holders are ones President Biden understands are what must be addressed for struggling working-class communities to have a chance at recovery. And they are the right kind of issues for Democrats to lead on if they want to connect with voters heading into 2024.
“But this administration doesn’t just talk the talk — they’ve walked the walk. Actions like the launch of the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment Report, or the appointment of folks like Jennifer Abruzzo and former union leader Marty Walsh to NLRB general counsel and DOL Cabinet Secretary, respectively.
“The best way this administration can prove itself to truly be the most “pro-union” of a generation is by continuing to use all the executive power at its hands to support growing the labor movement. UNITE HERE looks forward to continuing to work closely with the White House and our allies in Congress in the months ahead on how we can together achieve a new standard of living for workers across the nation. We have a lot of work to do in 2023.”
—UNITE HERE President D. Taylor