Democrat-led labor unions — for the most part — threw their weight behind then-Democrat nominee Joe Biden in the general election. Now, they’re having major buyer’s remorse.
Leadership of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) — which represents more than 12 million laborers — stabbed Biden in the back in a recent interview, decrying his decision to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline on “day one” of his presidency.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka lamented to Axios on Sunday that Biden’s decision “did and will cost us jobs in the process,” though he didn’t retract overall support for Biden’s agenda.
Axios reported that “The Laborers’ International Union of North America said the Keystone decision will cost 1,000 existing union jobs and 10,000 projected construction jobs,” a staggering blow in an already difficult job market.
When asked if he agreed with a statement from The LIU declaring: “We support the president’s campaign to Build Back Better. Killing good union jobs on day 1 with nothing to replace them is not building back better,” Trumka affirmed the condemnation of the move.
Woke leaders of major labor unions are torn between actually supporting the interests of their members and making sure they support the politically correct candidate — but they’re increasingly leaving their members high and dry.
Trumka noted that he had hoped Biden had “learned a lesson” from the backlash after he announced his intention to kill the oil pipeline project. At no point during the lead-up to the November election did Biden indicate that he had reversed his plans to end the crucial job-creator.
Trumka carefully explained that he “thinks” it was a mistake to block further progress on the pipeline, explaining:
I wish he had not done that on the first day because the Labor’s International was right, it did and will cost us jobs in the process. I wish he had paired that more carefully with the thing that he did second by saying, here’s where we are creating jobs, we can do mine reclamation, we can fix leaks, and we can fix seeps, and create hundreds of thousands in doing all of that stuff.