Donald Trump has been one of the most anti-union and anti-workerpresidents in history.PresidentTrump has appointedanti-unionmanagementattorneysto the National Labor RelationsBoard and as Secretary of Labor.1Theseappointeeshavesystematically undermined the righttoorganize,collectivelybargain, and engage in protected,concertedactivities.2
Forexample,his appointees to the National Labor Relations Board haveworkedto:
Ban union organizersfromemployerproperties, ban union discussions at work, and ban the use of work email in union organizing.
Allowemployerstofireworkers in retaliationfor union activity.
Allowemployersto discipline or terminate shop stewardsforstrong advocacy during investigations and grievancemeetings.
Undermine the right to strike.
Expand management rights.
Increase liability to unions.
Make it harder for employees to unionize and easier to remove unions as their representative. 3
PresidentTrump’sappointeeshaveloweredOSHA protections4and restrictedovertime.5He has appointed judges that, among other things, issued the Janus decision, which allow public employees who benefit fromunion representation not topay their fair shareforthatrepresentation.6He repealed an executiveorderthatprotected service contractemployees.7He attackedapprenticeship and pensions.8And a leaked White House memo encouragedadministrativerepeal of the DavisBaconAct.9
It is no surprise thatAssociated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has endorsed PresidentTrump because of his “promisetoveto the Protecting the Right toOrganize(PRO) Act” and his anti-unionappointmentsto the National Labor RelationsBoard and federal courts.10
Joe Biden has a strong position on unions and collective bargaining.11As he notes on his website,“strong unions built the great American middle class.”
As President, Joe Biden will:
Strictly enforceDavisBacon and prevailing wagelaws.
Increasethe federal minimum wageto$15/hour.
Ban so-called “righttowork”lawswhereemployees who benefit from union representation do not havetopay their fair share for that representation.
Appoint members to the NLRB who will protectworkerorganizing and collectivebargaining.
Support the Protecting the Right toOrganizeAct(PROAct), which imposes financial penalties on companiesthatinterfere with workers’organizingefforts.AsPresident, he wouldeven support criminal liability forintentionalinterference with organizing.
Ensurethatfederal dollars do not flowtoemployers who engage in union-busting activities, participate in wage theft, or violate labor law.
·Penalizecompaniesthatbargainin bad faith.
Encourage and incentivize union organizing and collectivebargaining.
·Make it easier forworkerstoorganizeby:
Banning “captive audience meetings.”
Requiring employersto report on the activities of third-party consultants
Shortening time framesfor union elections
Supporting card checks to establish majority status
Create a cabinet level working groupfocused solely on promoting union organizing and collectivebargaining.
Ensurerightto strike without fear of reprisal.
Increaseworkplacesafety and health protections.
Support broad definitions of jointemployers.
Extend the righttoorganizetoindependentcontractors.
Limit employersfrom misclassifying workers as independentcontractors.12
Joe Biden also proposed $1.3 trillion in infrastructure spending over the next ten years, leading to good union jobs.13 And he supports registered apprenticeship programs, Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and Community Workforce Agreements.14
TheInternationalBrotherhood of Electrical Workers has endorsed Joe Biden forPresident.15PresidentTrump is anti-worker and anti-union. Joe Biden is pro-worker and pro-union.