Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden praised AFSCME members for “carrying this country forward” during the coronavirus pandemic and vowed to “shift the balance of power back to workers” if elected president.
Addressing the AFSCME 44th International Convention, the former vice president and longtime Delaware senator thanked front-line workers for providing essential services during one of the most severe public health and economic crises facing our nation.
“The work is often unseen but it’s always essential. And Americans are waking up to that fact. And blinders and finally coming off and they’re recognizing exactly who it is that makes this country run,” Biden said, criticizing Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump for neglecting public service workers and their concerns.
“We’re going to have a chance to build back and build back better than before. … We’re going to shift the balance of power back to workers in this country,” Biden vowed. “You’re the ones carrying this country forward. So when we rebuild this economy, your dignity will form the foundation, your rights will be carved in stone.”
AFSCME endorsed Biden back in March. On Tuesday, Biden picked California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate. That history-making choice makes Harris the first woman of color to be chosen for that role by a major political party. AFSCME has praised Biden and Harris as staunch advocates for working people.
Watch Biden’s address here.