Joe Biden’s most revolutionary idea: Rebuilding America’s unions

Joe Biden campaigned as a centrist, but he is governing as an old-timey progressive, writes Richard Hall

Saturday 13 March 2021 00:35 GMT
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Joe Biden may not have been the candidate that progressives wanted, but in the 50 days he has been in the White House he has confounded expectations that he would govern as a centrist.

The $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package passed this week was described by Bernie Sanders as "the most significant piece of legislation to benefit working people in the modern history of this country.” It included direct cash payments, tax credits that could cut child poverty in half and a significant expansion of healthcare subsidies. The battle to raise the minimum wage is only just beginning and his administration is packed with Elizabeth Warren acolytes.

But there is another side to Biden’s progressivism that could be just as transformational as his early economic push: his fervent support for unions.

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