Biden Presidency is One of Promise for Workers

Columbus, Ohio Pension Rally, July, 2018 retirees , Jim Hoffa

For more than 18 months, the Teamsters worked hard to get a pro-worker president elected. So the union was delighted when Joe Biden emerged victorious in November and looks forward to his swearing in as the 46th president this month.

Campaign work is anything but glamorous. In fact, it can be a real grind. It takes the dedicated work of Teamster members who reached out to their fellow trade unionists to educate them on the issues as well encourage them to vote during this pandemic.

The result of all that effort is the election of Biden as president, a man who was the voice of unions in the Obama administration, spoke at the Teamsters’ 2011 convention, and created and led the Middle Class Task Force during his time as vice president.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is also a strong ally for this union who spoke at the 2013 Unity Conference. She was a well-known champion of California Teamster members during her time as that state’s attorney general, and she aggressively prosecuted wage theft by companies who misclassified workers in the Golden State as independent contractors.

In the final days of the campaign, Biden made it clear in a video addressing the membership that he would have the Teamsters’ back on key issues.

“It’s long past time the government went to work for you as hard as you have been working for us,” he said. “It is not enough to praise you — we need to protect you, pay you, make sure your pensions are square. Wall Street didn’t build this country, the middle class built this country. And unions built the middle class.”

The Teamsters look forward to partnering with the Biden-Harris administration to build a better America that works for workers.