Here Is Why Having A Pro-Worker President Matters
On this Labor Day, the difference between the records of Biden and Trump illustrates why having a pro-worker president matters.
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Some Americans think that it doesn’t matter who the president is. They will argue that the President doesn’t impact their lives, and while that might be true for some people, for millions upon millions of others, their lives can be made easier or harder based on the ideology of the person in the Oval Office toward workers.
If you are an employee, the beliefs of the president as it relates to unions and the rights of workers matter.
Every Democratic president since FDR has vocally supported labor, but most of the time, their actions have not gone as far as their words.
So far, during his first term in office, President Joe Biden has done as much as he can on his own to support workers.
Labor historian Erik Loomis was asked where Biden ranks in terms of the most pro-union presidents in US history, and he told The Atlantic, “You really have to put Biden at the very top, even above other Democratic presidents of the last 80 or 90 years—certainly much more pro-labor than any recent Democratic president, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, or Jimmy Carter.”
Loomis argued that unlike, even FDR, Biden is using his political capital in a deeply divided country to help unions.
When the Roosevelt administration passed the National Labor Relations Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, they were able to do so with huge Democratic majorities in Congress and a nation that was firmly behind the president.
Biden is supporting workers in a deeply divided country without large congressional majorities.
To really understand the sort of difference that a president can make, below we will compare the records of Trump and Biden.
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