White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment
April 30, 2021
President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order on Monday establishing a task force aimed at empowering workers to organize and bargain with their employers that will be chaired by Vice President Kamala Harris
The White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment will be vice-chaired by Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and will include more than 20 Cabinet members and heads of other federal agencies. It will aim to facilitate worker organizing across the country, increase worker power in underserved communities, and increase union membership.
The move is the latest of several pro-union actions taken by the President, who pledged the night before Election Day to be the "most pro-union President you've ever seen." Biden often says unions "built the middle class," and days after taking office signed an executive order restoring collective bargaining power to federal employees.
This order directs the task force to make a set of recommendations within 180 days on how existing policies, programs and practices can be used to promote worker organizing and collective bargaining in the federal government, and what new policies are needed to achieve the task force's mission in increasing and protecting union members.
Although the Task Force’s immediate mandate is to identify means in which the federal government can better promote organizing and collective bargaining within its own workforce, the Task Force’s policy recommendations and proposals could have broader implications for private employers as the Biden administration and House Democrats seek to limit states’ abilities to enact or enforce right-to-work laws.
We will continue to keep you updated on developments arising out of Task Force activity as it relates to our careers as Flight Attendant Safety Professionals.