Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on President Joe Biden’s visit to Minnesota:
“I had the opportunity to meet with President Biden today and thanked him for his leadership and dedication to putting working people at the center of his domestic agenda. From the vital help to working families the President’s “American Rescue Act” continues to provide, to the tens of thousands of union construction jobs his “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” is about to create, working Minnesotans are proud to have a President who knows and cares about our needs.
“I also told the President that Minnesota’s Labor Movement stands with him and both our Senators in calling on the Senate to pass the “Build Back Better Act” as soon as possible. This legislation will knock down the barriers that have prevented so many workers, especially women and people of color, from finding high-quality sustainable jobs. Investments in good, clean union energy jobs will help us fight climate change and protect our communities. Improvements to our immigration system will ease the burden for those who want to call America home. The richest individuals and corporations finally will pay their fair share in federal taxes. For the first time, employers will be hit with real financial penalties for union-busting. It’s legislation that working people need right now.”