WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden will
sign an executive order on Monday that will create a task force
to promote labor organizing, a White House official said, at a
time when just over 6 percent of U.S. private-sector workers
belong to unions.
The White House task force will be headed by Vice President
Kamala Harris, the official, who did not wish to be named, told
Reuters. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will serve as vice chair of
The task force will also include top cabinet officials such
as Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, the White House economic
advisers Cecilia Rouse and Brian Deese, the White House climate
adviser Gina McCarthy and Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen.
The administration is expected to release more details later
The order also will issue guidance on how the federal
government can help workers join labor unions and bargain
Over 65 percent of Americans approve of unions, the most
since 2003, according to a 2020 Gallup poll, despite the much
lower membership rate.
Organized labor faced one of its biggest setbacks in recent
history after a organizing drive at an Amazon.com
facility failed earlier this month.
(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington; Editing by Dan