WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s Executive Order establishing the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment:
“On behalf of 700,000 workers represented by AFGE, I thank President Biden for creating this task force to address the urgent need of millions of American workers unable to exercise their right to join a union today because of artificial legal barriers and rampant union busting. With today’s action, he is continuing to deliver on his campaign promise to be the most pro-union, pro-worker president ever.
“In his first week in office, President Biden issued an executive order addressing the union busting that went on in the federal government under the previous administration. In that executive order, he stated that it is the policy of the United States to encourage union organizing and collective bargaining. Again, President Biden has promised to make the federal government a “model” unionized employer, one that shows by example that employers should encourage union organizing, and neither interfere with nor undermine their workers’ organizing and bargaining efforts. The administration’s new task force is a natural extension of that earlier policy and further proof that this administration is walking the walk, not just talking the talk, when it comes to empowering American workers, strengthening unions, and building our economy back better.
“Making it easier for workers to join a union will help more Americans share in the better wages, benefits, and working conditions that come with union membership – growing our economy from the bottom up and the middle out.”