President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion “American Jobs Plan” repeatedly promotes union organizing and sets aside some high-paying jobs just for union members.
While only 10.8% of the American labor force is part of one, unions received outsize attention and protection in the new package.
Unions are mentioned 24 times in the Biden plan.
And 13 of those mentions are a call for unionization and encouragement that workers will join a labor union.
The phrase “join a union” is repeated nine times in the White House fact sheet.
In the introduction of the package, for example, it said that Biden will “Create good-quality jobs that pay prevailing wages in safe and healthy workplaces while ensuring workers have a free and fair choice to organize, join a union, and bargain collectively with their employers.”
Throughout the fact sheet, jobs appear to be set aside for Big Labor, which chose Biden over former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
One section, for example, reads, “President Biden’s plan includes an immediate up-front investment of $16 billion that will put hundreds of thousands to work in union jobs plugging oil and gas wells and restoring and reclaiming abandoned coal, hardrock, and uranium mines.”
In a section promoting the construction of public housing, it said the costly program will be for unions. “Put union building trade workers to work upgrading homes and businesses to save families money,” it said.
Later, it laid out Biden’s goal. “America can and must retain well-paid union jobs and create more of them all across the country.”
And it promised to protect and promote union organizing: “The president’s plan includes funding to strengthen the capacity of our labor enforcement agencies to protect against discrimination, protect wages and benefits, enforce health and safety safeguards, strengthen health care and pensions plans, and promote union organizing and collective bargaining.”