Jun 8, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Construction workers union endorses Biden

President Joe Biden speaks to guests at the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) training center

President Joe Biden speaks to guests at the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) training center. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images.

The Laborers' International Union of North America, with half a million construction workers, has endorsed President Biden for re-election.

Why it matters: It's a sign that Biden is picking up some labor support as his campaign, in the early stages of the race, tries to make the case that the Biden administration has created a "manufacturing boom" in the U.S.

  • The construction workers union, with a diverse membership including Latino and Black men, will engage begin a digital media campaign to mobilize to its members and other union leaders.

What they're saying: "One of the first actions he took was the American Rescue Plan, which not only created jobs for our members, but it also created long sought after pension relief," union president Brent Booker told Axios in an interview.

  • "It was an easy decision for us," Booker said, noting the nomination of former Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, who is well-liked by labor.
  • Biden campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez said: "President Biden and Vice President Harris are proud to earn LiUNA's endorsement for the 2024 election."
  • "President Biden's agenda is leading a manufacturing boom that is creating tens of thousands of good-paying union jobs and he is proud to remain the most pro-labor President in American history. There's so much at stake in this election and LiUNA will be a key ally in defeating the anti-worker, anti-labor MAGA Republicans."
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