Apr 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden to create task force to support worker organization efforts

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Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

President Biden today said he would create a task force to put the federal government’s weight behind worker organization efforts.

Details: It will be chaired by Vice President Kamala Harris, with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh as vice chair. 

Why it matters: The White House is closely watching employee organization efforts, on the heels of a failed unionization by Amazon workers that could have opened the floodgates for e-commerce unions in the U.S. 

  • A union complaint last week alleged the tech giant interfered in the vote by threatening layoffs or a facility closure, among other tactics, if workers voted in favor of joining the union. 

What they're saying: Declining union membership has contributed to economic inequality and the shrinking of the middle class, as well as the pay gap that women and workers of color experience, a statement announcing the order says.

  • The task force includes more than 20 Cabinet members and heads of federal agencies for a “whole of government approach to empower workers.”
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