Labor Unions Having Buyer’s Remorse with Biden

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When Biden ran for office, he promised to be a pro-union president. This is debatable, however, and union workers who relied upon Keystone pipeline certainly aren’t pleased with Biden.

In recent days, business owners and others with connections to Keystone XL pipeline have publicly called out the hypocrisy of this president. Meanwhile, as the need for Keystone pipeline becomes more apparent, Biden is working to clear sanctions for a Russian pipeline to go forward. 

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As it turns out though, other actions from this president are making labor unions nervous. As Townhall reports, these unions are now calling on Biden to keep in place foreign steel tariffs from the Trump administration. From the looks of things, labor unions shouldn’t hold their breath. 

The Significance of Foreign Steel Tariffs 

Right now, seven huge organizations representing steel workers and producers are in favor of the tariffs on foreign steel started by the previous administration. These organizations are therefore pushing for Biden not to do away with these tariffs. 

According to the seven labor union groups, the ongoing increases in steel imports engendered the necessity for tariffs. Likewise, these organizations maintain that without the aforementioned tariffs, the steel industry and its workers are in peril. However, with the current foreign steel tariffs, the industry has managed to rehire staffers, relaunch mills, and make investments in the future. 

The labor union groups conveyed all of these details to Biden in a joint letter. 

Getting What You Vote For

Labor unions notoriously backed Biden over Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Many Americans are therefore saying that these organizations are getting just what they voted for; meanwhile, other people are questioning why unions backed Biden if their industries benefited from Trump’s policies. 

President Biden showed his disregard for union workers earlier this year when he shut down the Keystone XL pipeline. Thus far, the 46th president has also established a pattern of reversing his predecessor’s policies without thought; as such, the labor unions should not hold their breath on Biden maintaining the foreign steel tariffs.  

In this case, labor unions are quite literally getting what they voted for. Since his ascent to the presidency, Biden has consistently shown that the prioritization of U.S. jobs is not on his agenda; at each turn, the Democrat president continues to make decisions that give nations like Russia and China advantages over America. 

If Biden’s current patterns of leadership maintain, many more union workers will lose their jobs before his presidency ends. 

Do you think labor unions are now having buyer’s remorse when it comes to their support for President Biden? Let us know your views on foreign steel tariffs down below in the section for comments.