The president of the country's largest federation of labor unions on Thursday described President Joe Biden as "the most pro-union president" during an event ahead of Labor Day.
AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler said during a roundtable discussion organized by the Christian Science Monitor that Biden is "the most pro-union president" and has "the most pro-union administration in history."
She said, "President Biden, who is a Democrat, has been very much a pro-union president, so we are proud of the track record that he has had and his administration has had. And that translates down at every level."
Shuler later told reporters that younger workers have a different approach to union organizing and labor issues than the longtime employees, and that part of her job is illustrating the relevance of unions.
"It's showing people who have old stereotypes about unions that unions are for everyone," she said. "And I think there has been, you know, a long-standing view that Oh, unions were relevant back when, you know, we had a manufacturing economy and people worked in unsafe conditions, but now we have laws we don't need unions, which is absolutely not true."
Shuler went on to say, "Most young people had never even heard of a union. A lot of people don't know someone in a union — they don't know what they are, how to form one.
"Our challenge is to take the 71% of people who are favorable and translate that into the ability for people to join unions and actually make a difference in whatever workplace they're in."
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