Unions across the nation celebrated Saturday’s announcement that Joe Biden had defeated Donald Trump in the race for the presidency of the United States.
“Workers will have a champion in the White House again,” tweeted the AFL-CIO. “Democracy is prevailing,” tweeted AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. “@JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris’ victory in this free and fair election is a win for America’s labor movement.”
“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ historic victory in this election is a testament to the unprecedented number of Americans who voted for unity over division and are ready to face the many challenges ahead of us together, as one nation, with dignity and justice for all,” said American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley.
“Vice President Biden put the issues older Americans care about -- expanding Social Security, protecting and expanding Medicare, improving retirement security, ending the pandemic, and making coronavirus vaccines and treatments affordable for all who need them -- at the center of their campaign,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans.
“Biden has committed to a thoughtful and comprehensive response to the pandemic from the federal government, pledging to fully invoke the Defense Production Act to mass produce personal protective equipment (PPE),” said National Nurses United (NNU). “He has also endorsed NNU’s call for an emergency federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration standard to protect workers’ safety during pandemics. As members of a women-dominated profession and union, NNU nurses are especially proud to know that we will have our first woman, and first Black and Southeast Asian American vice president in Harris.”
“Voters of diverse backgrounds have raised their voices!” said Yanira Merino, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement National President. “They have spoken for workers’ right to belong to a union, for their right to dignified wages, and for leaders who will represent their interests and that of their communities.”