It’s official: Joe Biden is President-elect of the United States. Kamala Harris is Vice President-elect. With Biden’s decades of experience working alongside union leaders, endorsement of almost every major union across the country, and promise for “the most significant pro-labor, pro-worker administration,” we have a wide path ahead to build a better America for working people.
The largest obstacle on this path now is Mitch McConnell. As Senate Majority Leader, he routinely and deliberately uses his power to undermine the Legislative process. Last year, he bragged about killing 395 House bills by making sure they never got a vote on the floor. If McConnell continues to be able to block any bill he pleases, the PRO act, which protects worker’s rights to organize is in jeopardy, along with every other bill intended to help working families. Unseating McConnell from the Majority Leader position allows the Senate to enact the will of the American people by actually allowing bills to receive a vote on the floor. Our most pressing task is aiding Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the Georgia Senate Runoff Elections, and shifting the Senate’s balance back in favor of working people.
Even without the Senate, good things lie ahead. Biden will have the power to write Executive Orders, fill the empty positions in some agencies like OSHA, and influence foreign policy. One of the first ways he promises to use this power is to rejoin the World Health Organization. This is part of his plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic, where he is likely to work with unions and other worker advocacy groups to develop standards that will protect workers. He has already formed his COVID-19 task force and is ready to hit the ground running, Senate majority or not.
I’m hopeful, though, that if we come together and do the work, we’ll win the Senate. Georgia is likely to be as big a fight as the national election was, just centralized. I’m thrilled our voices were heard in a free and fair election. And above all else, I’m proud of the passion and dedication of unionists across the nation that helped deliver this election. I’m proud we turned out to vote in record numbers. And I’m proud that through all this, we’ve stuck together, and will continue to do so.