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Executive Order on Worker Organizing and Empowerment

President Biden establishes White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment

President Biden

On April 26, 2021, President Biden signed an executive order that established a task force with four main goals:

  1. Have the federal government lead by example in encouraging worker organizing and collective bargaining among its workforce.
  2. Facilitate worker organizing across the country.
  3. Increase worker power in underserved communities.
  4. Increase union membership.

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge or her designee is named to serve on the task force. The executive order applies to the federal government and its employees as well as to the private sector.

The executive order describes the benefits of unions and the negative effects that a decline in union membership has had on the United States. It explicitly stated the Biden Administration's policy to encourage worker organizing and collective bargaining.

The executive order directs the task force to identify executive branch policies, practices, and programs that could support for worker power, worker organizing, and collective bargaining, and to identify statutory, regulatory, or other changes that would improve worker organizing and collective bargaining. The task force has only an advisory role with no powers to create rules or enforce its guidance.

President Biden also revoked two previous executive orders of his predecessor, Executive Order 13845 of July 19, 2018 (Establishing the President’s National Council for the American Worker), and Executive Order 13931 of June 26, 2020 (Continuing the President’s National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board). Although that council and advisory board have been abolished, the April executive order did not mention revoking Executive Order 13932, which resulted from the Workforce Policy Advisory Board's efforts. Executive Order 13932, Modernizing and Reforming the Assessment and Hiring of Federal Job Candidates, shifted the emphasis from education to skills in federal hiring.

Read the Executive Order on Worker Organizing and Empowerment and the White House fact sheet about the executive order.