☷Readout of Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment Meeting with Grassroots Worker Organizers
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Today , Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh held a roundtable discussion with a diverse group of young , grassroots worker organizers to discuss their extraordinary efforts to organize unions in their workplaces , and how their efforts can inspire workers across the country to make the choice to join or organize a union . The roundtable was led by the Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment , which the Vice President chairs with Secretary Walsh as vice - chair . President Biden stopped by the discussion and thanked the worker organizers for their leadership in organizing unions , the inspiration they offer to workers across the country who may want to organize , and their contributions to the worker organizing momentum that is growing across the country . Vice President Harris and Secretary Walsh listened to the worker organizers tell the stories of why they and their co - workers organized unions in their workplaces and how they did it . Among other things , the workers talked about fair pay , paid leave and health care benefits , their commitment to co - workers , and the desire for basic dignity and respect as important motivators for their organizing efforts . They also described some of the anti - union tactics deployed by some of the employers . The Vice President and Secretary Walsh reaffirmed that the Biden - Harris Administration is the most pro - union administration in history , and reiterated that worker power is at the core of this administration’s economic vision to rebuild the economy from the bottom up and middle out . As we experience an historically strong labor market recovery , Vice President Harris and Secretary Walsh underscored that all workers must benefit and get the dignity and respect they deserve in the workplace . The attendees represented a wide range of industries with grassroots union organizing efforts , from warehousing to animation to retail . Attendees included Vice President Harris , Secretary Walsh , Christian Smalls , Amazon Labor Union , Laura Garza , Starbucks Workers United/Starbucks , Alex Speidel , United Paizo Workers/CWA , Rachel Gitlevich , Titmouse productions/IATSE , Jaimie Caldwell , Baltimore Public Library/IAM , and Damien Sowell , REI/UFCW - RWDSU . ###
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