Biden slams Trump’s record on labor issues in Philadelphia speech

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    President Joe Biden delivered a fiery speech in Philadelphia on Monday, where he criticized his predecessor Donald Trump for his policies and rhetoric that hurt the American workers. Biden also touted his own administration’s achievements and plans to boost the economy, create jobs, and protect the rights of the labor unions.

    Biden contrasts his vision with Trump’s

    Biden spoke to the members of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 19, one of the largest and most influential unions in Pennsylvania. He thanked them for their support and praised their work ethic and skills. He also contrasted his vision for the country with that of Trump, whom he referred to as “the last guy” and “the guy who held this job before me.”

    “We’re turning things around because of you,” Biden said. “When the last guy was here, you were shipping jobs to China. Now we’re bringing jobs home from China. When the last guy was here … your pensions were at risk. We helped save millions of pensions with your help. When the last guy was here, he looked at the world from Park Avenue. I look at it from Scranton, Pennsylvania. I look at it from Claymont, Delaware.”

    Biden also mocked Trump’s reputation as a real estate mogul, saying he “really didn’t build a damn thing.” He accused Trump of undermining the labor movement by appointing anti-union judges, weakening safety regulations, and giving tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations.

    Biden highlights his accomplishments and agenda

    Biden highlighted some of the accomplishments of his administration in the first eight months, such as passing the American Rescue Plan, which provided relief checks, extended unemployment benefits, and funded vaccine distribution. He also cited the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which he said would create millions of good-paying jobs in sectors such as transportation, broadband, and clean energy.

    Biden slams Trump’s record on labor issues

    Biden also outlined his agenda for the future, which includes passing the Build Back Better plan, which would invest in social programs such as education, health care, child care, and climate change. He said he would pay for these investments by making the rich and corporations pay their fair share of taxes.

    Biden also vowed to defend the rights of workers to organize and bargain collectively, saying he would pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would strengthen labor laws and penalties for employers who violate them. He also said he would appoint pro-union officials to key positions in his administration, such as the National Labor Relations Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

    Biden also expressed his support for the striking workers at Nabisco, who are demanding better wages and working conditions from the snack company. He said he was proud of them for standing up for their dignity and urged them to keep fighting.

    Biden appeals to union members ahead of 2024 election

    Biden’s speech in Philadelphia was part of his efforts to shore up his union base ahead of the 2024 election. While Biden has strong support from top union leaders and received endorsements from some of the biggest unions in the country, his standing among rank-and-file members has weakened in recent years and some of them have been wooed by Trump.

    According to exit polls, Biden won 57% of union households in 2020, compared to 40% for Trump. However, this was a slight decrease from 2016, when Hillary Clinton won 59% of union households, compared to 37% for Trump. Moreover, some key states with large union populations, such as Ohio and Wisconsin, swung to Trump in 2016 and 2020.

    Biden is hoping to reverse this trend by emphasizing his pro-worker policies and contrasting them with Trump’s anti-worker record. He is also hoping to appeal to the cultural and social values of union members, who tend to be more moderate and diverse than other Democratic voters.

    Biden’s trip to Philadelphia was one of his most frequent stops for presidential travel. He has visited Pennsylvania 15 times since taking office, more than any other state except Delaware, his home state. Pennsylvania is a crucial battleground state that Biden won by less than 1% in 2020.

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