President Joe Biden delivered a Labor Day address in Philadelphia, highlighting his support for unions and the role of American workers in the economic recovery post-pandemic. He emphasized the creation of good-paying, family-sustaining union jobs and discussed his administration’s efforts in funding infrastructure improvements. Holding a microphone and standing behind signs reading “UNION STRONG,” Biden spoke passionately about the importance of unions in building the middle class.
This Labor Day coincided with a resurgence of U.S. unions and a potential strike by 146,000 United Auto Workers members. Despite challenges, the U.S. job market continued to grow, with 187,000 jobs added in August. Biden noted that this growing job market is a positive sign as he looks ahead to his potential reelection in 2024.
Biden also addressed the rising unemployment rate, attributing it to more people actively seeking employment, which is seen as a positive indicator. He stressed the significance of a thriving middle class, emphasizing that when they prosper, it benefits everyone.
Hundreds of union workers from various sectors attended the event in Philadelphia, expressing their support for Biden and crediting his policies for the increased activity and growth within unions.
The president has taken numerous actions to support worker organizing, including endorsing unionization efforts at major corporations like Amazon and allocating federal funding for union members’ pensions. Additionally, a recent proposal aims to make 3.6 million more U.S. workers eligible for overtime pay, marking a significant increase.
Biden has been promoting union labor across the country, showcasing projects like bridge construction and tunnel improvements funded by the bipartisan $1.1 trillion public works package passed by Congress in 2021. He reiterated his belief that unions play a pivotal role in raising workforce standards, increasing wages, and strengthening benefits.
The Tri-State Labor Day Parade and Family Celebration, hosted by the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, brought together over 100 local labor unions representing more than 150,000 workers, reaffirming the importance of unions in the American workforce.