FACT SHEET: The American Jobs Plan Empowers and Protects WorkersApril 23, 2021
As America works to recover from the devastating challenges of a deadly pandemic, an economic crisis, and a reckoning on race that reveals deep disparities, we need to summon a new wave of worker power to create an economy that works for everyone. We owe it not only to those who have put in a lifetime of work, but to the next generation of workers who have only known an America of rising inequality and shrinking opportunity. This is especially important for workers of color and for women, who have endured discrimination and systematic exclusion from economic opportunities for generations. All of us deserve to enjoy America’s promise in full — and our nation’s leaders have a responsibility to overcome racial, gender, and other inequalities to make it happen. To that end, the President is calling on Congress to create new, good-quality union jobs for American workers by leveraging their grit and ingenuity to address the climate crisis and build a sustainable infrastructure. Increased unionization can also impact our economic growth overall by improving productivity. President Biden’s plan will:
- Pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The President is calling on Congress to pass the PRO Act, which would dramatically enhance the power of workers to organize and collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. The President believes firmly that unions built the middle class, and empowering workers so they can organize unions and bargain with their employers is imperative for restoring a middle-class way of life for millions of Americans.
- Provide a federal guarantee for public sector employees to bargain for better pay and benefits and the working conditions they deserve. In many states across the country, public sector workers do not have the right to bargain collectively, and these rights are under attack in several more. The President’s plan will guarantee union and bargaining rights for public service workers.
- Empower historically excluded workers. The President’s plan ensures that Americans who have endured systemic discrimination and exclusion for generations finally have a fair shot at obtaining good paying jobs and being part of a union. This includes ensuring domestic workers receive the legal benefits and protections they deserve and tackling pay inequities based on gender.
CREATE GOOD JOBS
The President’s plan will create good jobs in clean energy, physical infrastructure, care infrastructure, manufacturing, and research and development. It demands that employers benefitting from the investments in the American Jobs Act follow strong labor standards and remain neutral when their employees seek to organize a union and bargain collectively. His plan will also ban employers receiving funding from requiring their employees to agree to mandatory individual arbitration. His plan will create:
- Good construction jobs. The President is asking Congress…