REMINDER: President Biden and Vice President Harris Show Up for Workers, While Donald Trump is a Scab Who Only Shows Up for His Billionaire Buddies

After Vice President Harris’s keynote speech at the Service Employees International Union convention, DNC Deputy National Press Secretary Nina Ranseses released the following statement: 

“President Biden has delivered on his promise to be the most pro-union president in American history — standing alongside workers in ways no president has — as unions win historic contracts and at a moment when support for labor is at its highest level in more than half a century. Meanwhile, Trump and MAGA Republicans are scabbing for union-busting CEOs and pushing for legislation that prioritizes billionaires and corporations over unions and workers. Trump stocked his administration with anti-union officials who rolled back workplace protections, shut down factories, and shipped jobs overseas – and his ‘Project 25’ plans are stacked with even more disastrous economic plans to bankroll Republicans’ billionaire donors at the expense of hardworking Americans. Let’s face it: President Biden is delivering on being the most pro-union president in United States history, and Donald Trump is a scab that stands alongside billionaires.”

Unions across America are proudly endorsing President Biden and Vice President Harris this election

NBC: “SEIU’s April Verrett said that while some working class voters may see an appeal in Trump, the union will “have to help people cut through the noise and get to the truth.”

“The massive union, which represents nearly 2 million workers in health care, property service and the government, has pledged to spend $200 million to help President Joe Biden and Democrats in key battlegrounds this year, an effort that will begin in earnest next week.

Washington Post: “Biden endorsed by United Auto Workers, shoring up union vote in automaking swing states”

The Hill: “AFL-CIO backs Biden in early 2024 endorsement”

The Biden-Harris administration has been the most pro-union in American history – with Biden becoming the first President to join workers on a picket line and standing up to union-busters and billionaires who rip off working Americans.

NBC News: President Joe Biden made history Tuesday when he visited a picket line in Michigan in a show of loyalty to autoworkers who are striking for higher wages and cost-of-living increases.”

Center For American Progress: “The Biden administration is advancing reforms to boost American workers’ earnings and wealth, empower them to unionize and bargain, and hold lawbreaking corporations accountable. By focusing on workers in the service sector as well as those in construction and manufacturing, the administration is helping reach working-class Americans, narrow racial pay gaps, and strengthen the middle class.”

Associated Press: “Despite concerns that a prolonged strike could undermine the economy, particularly in the crucial battleground state of Michigan, the Democratic president encouraged workers to keep fighting for better wages at a time when car companies have seen rising profits.”

IBEW Media Center: “We’re thankful that the Biden administration played the long game on sick days and stuck with us for months after Congress imposed our updated national agreement,” Russo said. “Without making a big show of it, Joe Biden and members of his administration in the Transportation and Labor departments have been working continuously to get guaranteed paid sick days for all railroad workers.”

Thanks to President Biden, America is seeing a historic manufacturing boom.

In Pennsylvania alone:  

  • “The American Rescue Plan enabled Allentown to invest over $2.3 million in a new fire training facility and emergency operations center.
  • “The Department of Energy awarded $3.75 million to the Mid-Atlantic Center of Excellence at Lehigh University, which will expand the center’s engagement with unions, trade schools, and community colleges, and develop new ways to build workforce pipelines to jobs at small manufacturers in the region.”
  • “The Department of Transportation awarded $200,000 to the Lehigh Carbon Community College for scholarships for former and current military service members and families to pursue training to become commercial truck drivers.”
  • “The National Science Foundation awarded a $1 million Engines Development Award to Vytal Plant Science Research, which is partnering with the Northeast Ben Franklin Technology Partners to create an industrial bio-products hub in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.”
  • “The Department of Commerce designated Allentown a ‘Recompete area,’ making it eligible to compete for an award of up to $50 million to support small manufacturers and workers in the region.”

White House Fact Sheet: “Since President Biden took office, Allentown has experienced historic employment growth, small business creation, and investments. The Allentown unemployment rate is down to 3.9% — a 20-year low. A greater share of Allentown residents are employed today than before the pandemic. Nearly 32,000 more workers in the Allentown area have jobs under President Biden. Workers are taking home more pay as well, with personal income in Allentown up over 3% after adjusting for inflation compared to before the pandemic.

“The Biden-Harris Administration has announced $14.2 billion in public infrastructure and clean energy investments in Pennsylvania and spurred $3 billion in private sector investments in related sectors.”

The Keystone: “US Sen. Bob Casey announced on Monday that the North Central Pressed Materials Strategy Development Consortium received a $400,000 grant thanks to the Tech Hubs Strategy Development Grant program created by President Joe Biden’s CHIPS and Science Act.

“According to Casey’s office, the grant will help position North Central Pennsylvania as a leader in the pressed materials industry, which is critical in the manufacturing of microchips and processors. “I fought for this award to help North Central Pennsylvania realize its potential as a manufacturing powerhouse,” Casey said in a statement.”

Bloomberg: “US Steel CEO Hails IRA as a ‘Manufacturing Renaissance Act’”

Wall Street Journal: “Shift to EVs Triggers Biggest Auto-Factory Building Boom in Decades”

Yahoo News: “Under President Biden, however, a manufacturing boom finally seems to be getting started. Since the beginning of 2022, construction spending on new factories has more than doubled, from an annualized rate of $91 billion in January 2022 to $189 billion in April 2023, the latest data available. That’s the biggest jump, by far, in data going back to 2002.”

The Hill: “A surge in manufacturing construction across the country is grabbing the attention of economists and workers on the ground as legislative efforts to reinvigorate the U.S. industrial base are bearing fruit.”

REMINDER: Trump’s failed economic agenda hurt working families and incentivized companies to ship jobs overseas, leaving American workers behind.

CNN: “Trump told GM workers he could save their plant, but it’s gone for good”

Washington Post: “Trump promised this Wisconsin town a manufacturing boom. It never arrived.”

Wall Street Journal: “President Trump’s trade war against China didn’t achieve the central objective of reversing a U.S. decline in manufacturing, economic data show, despite tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese goods to discourage imports.”

New York Times: “After Years of Growth, Automakers Are Cutting U.S. Jobs”

Bloomberg: “The Offshoring of U.S. Jobs Increased on Trump’s Watch”

Washington Post: “Trump promised ‘America First’ would keep jobs here. But the tax plan might push them overseas.”

Reuters: “Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency four years ago, in part, by a promise to Midwest factory workers that he would stop companies like Schneider Electric SE from moving jobs out of the country. He didn’t stop them.”

The Guardian: “Promises to save US manufacturing and prevent American jobs moving abroad were a key part of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. But since Trump took office in January 2017, nearly 200,000 jobs have been moved overseas, based on Trade Adjustment Assistance certified petitions.”

Washington Post: “Trump promised ‘America First’ would keep jobs here. But the tax plan might push them overseas.”

ITEP: “The Trump-GOP tax law enacted in December 2017 creates clear incentives for American-based corporations to move operations and jobs abroad, including a zero percent tax rate on many profits generated offshore.”

Trump stocked his administration with anti-union officials and slashed Labor Department spending by over a billion dollars.

Associated Press: “During Trump’s presidency, the National Labor Relations Board reversed several key rulings that made it easier for small unions to organize, strengthened the bargaining rights of franchise workers and provided protection against anti-union measures for employees.

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority — including three justices that Trump nominated — overturned a decades-old pro-union decision in 2018 involving fees paid by government workers. The justices in 2021 rejected a California regulation giving unions access to farm property so they could organize workers.”

The New Yorker: “Trump’s Labor Secretary Is a Wrecking Ball Aimed at Workers”

The New York Times: “Trump’s New Top Labor Official Is Expected To Advance An Anti-Labor Agenda.”

Bloomberg Industry Group:  “The White House asked Congress to reduce labor department spending By $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2018, a roughly 20 percent decrease that would largely be accomplished by slashing the nation’s workforce training programs.”

Wall Street Journal:  “The White House proposed a $1.2 billion, or 9.7%, decrease in funding for the Labor Department in the 2020 fiscal year. To cut costs, the Trump administration on Monday suggested eliminating workforce programs ‘that are ineffective, unproven or duplicative.’ The federal government runs more than 40 workforce development programs that cost about $18 billion annually, the proposal noted.” 

Bloomberg: “Consistent with previous years, a $1.3 billion trim proposed for the department targets the Employment and Training Administration, which typically accounts for about three-quarters of overall DOL spending. ETA spending would be cut by $1.2 billion, to $8 billion.”