Former Vice President Joe Biden, a virtual Democratic candidate for the November elections, has plans for the creation of “millions of well-paid jobs” and will support the organization of unions for the negotiation of collective agreements, his campaign said Friday.
Biden presented his $700 billion economic program in Pennsylvania Thursday, dubbed “Build Back Better,” and it is a direct challenge to the agenda of President Donald Trump, who is seeking re-election under the “America first” banner.
Former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis with President Barack Obama, one of the visible heads of Biden’s Latino leadership committee, noted in a press conference that Latinos are being disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with 33.6 percent of cases and 17.1 percent of deaths nationwide.
Biden’s economic program “focuses on Latino communities and communities of color who need help to return to their jobs with protection,” he added.
The former secretary said Biden’s proposal includes investments in construction and manufacturing and supports the rights of unions to organize workers and Latinos.
“Biden proposes an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, and the development of resources focusing on clean energy to combat climate change,” she said.
In this regard, he noted that the former president’s economic project allocates $300 billion for the development of green technologies, which will generate, in his opinion, millions of jobs.
“Biden knows how to do it, supporting collective bargaining in both the private and public sectors, and with wage equity for women,” he said.
Biden’s focus on the Latino economy comes after Trump had a week with a very “Latino” agenda, which included Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s visit to the White House on Wednesday, where he hosted Latino business leaders and announced initiatives to help Hispanics economically and educationally.
In this way, the Republican is trying to reduce the gap in the polls that the former vice president enjoys among the Latino electorate.
Jorge Rodriguez, the representative of the Union of Workers in the Automotive Industry (UAW), pointed out his concern for the condition and future of the country, pointing out that for five decades the real wages of workers have fallen and “since 2000, two million jobs have been lost in the industries.
“Biden’s plan addresses these problems head-on in order to rebuild the economy,” he added. “It is a strong, comprehensive plan for the creation of millions of jobs, with good wages, with unions, to build an economy where all people enjoy fair compensation for their work and have the opportunity to prosper.
New York Representative Nydia Velazquez, chairman of the House Small Business Committee, said Biden offers a “well-thought-out strategy” to invigorate the economy, a plan that allocates $400 billion to bring “small businesses to a level where they can compete in manufacturing.