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White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment Releases Action Plan

08 Feb, 2022
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The White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment released its first report earlier today that called for bold action to expand workers’ freedom to form unions. The task force, led by Vice President Kamala Harris, with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh (LIUNA) as vice chair, recommended the Biden administration take action in the following areas:

  • Ensuring workers know our organizing and bargaining rights.
  • Establishing a resource center on unions and collective bargaining.
  • Protecting workers who organize from illegal retaliation.
  • Exposing employers’ use of anti-union consultants.
  • Addressing equity across underserved communities.
  • Sharing the positive impact unions have on all workers and the U.S. economy.

President Biden established this task force last year as a key part of his administration’s efforts to promote worker organizing and collective bargaining across the country.

In particular, the report highlights the important role the federal government can play as an employer by granting union organizers greater access to speak to federal workers about the benefits of joining a union and ensuring certain departments don’t contract anti-union consultants. AFGE National President Everett Kelley (not pictured) said, “AFGE looks forward to working with the administration to carry out these recommendations and working with Congress to pass the PRO Act and other reforms that would enhance protections for the millions of American workers who want union representation but have been thwarted in that effort.”

Click here to read more about the report and how the Department of Labor will be implementing its recommendations.