President Joe Biden frequently refers to himself as “the most pro-union president,” often showing support for the union and boasting about how collective bargaining relationships boost energy technology for American workers.
However, according to Freedom Foundation data, a think tank, shows that even with Biden’s active verbal backing, union membership has been decreasing. The largest AFSCME, has been significantly affected and has very low membership than past years.
UPS and the Teamsters union, have previously exchanged accusations against each other on July 6. President Sean O’Brien recognizes they know what their employees want to receive better opportunities in their current jobs and positions.
UPS Spokesperson Natasha Amadi hopes they’ll find a way to benefit themselves, their customers, and the union before August 1st.
Arguments And Reasoning
The Administration has kept in touch with both parties while not being directly involved, but continues to show support for Teamsters. However, Duke University’s Dan Bowling calls Biden’s support as “lip service,” expressing verbal support but without acting upon it.
He adds that while the president expresses strong and immense support for the union, he doesn’t actually act on it. These unions provide money to Democratic candidates even if they disagree with certain decisions.
Bowling says that Democrats show constant support for unions since it makes up a majority of their funds. It’s the president’s way to keep blue-collar workers into the blue side, effectively driving them away from the red side.
As memberships continue to rapidly dwindle, combined with policies that put labor workers and their occupations at risk. It’s clear that the stakes are high especially with recent headlines, showcasing what unions have to say to improve the workplace market.
Many have questioned the effectiveness of Biden’s pro-union stance and its possible impact on the labor market and landscape. Bowling argues the difference between unions’ actions and the average blue-workers’ view based on recent events with various workplaces.