Metalworkers unions plan to hold a rally outside the White House this weekend to push for a federal law that would protect their members and companies from metalworkers’ abuses.
The effort comes as Biden is considering the president’s first term as the next commander in chief.
The gathering is part of a broader push by union members and employers to pressure the White’s nominee for labor secretary, former Michigan Gov.
“We’re going to do everything in our power to have a nominee for secretary of labor who has strong support from the American metalworkers union and who has a record of working with the industry and having the industry help make sure that we’re not going to lose jobs,” Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, said Friday.
The meeting, which will be held in the shadow of a massive steel plant that has closed since the Great Recession, is being billed as the largest of its kind.
But it’s unlikely to result in major changes to labor practices or enforcements against companies that have made it to bankruptcy.
“This is a small, isolated event,” said David Boulton, president of the National Metalworkers Union.
“It’s not going have a major impact on how the president deals with the steel industry.”
A key question facing Biden is whether to move forward with the president-elect’s pledge to nominate a steelworker to the post.
Some steelworkers have expressed concern that the incoming administration could try to weaken the Obama-era steelworkers protections.
Biden, who has already indicated he won’t seek a third term in office, has said he wants to “put America first.”
But Biden has also indicated that he would consider the steelworkers’ demands.
“The steelworkers will get a fair shake, and the people of the United States will get their fair shake,” Biden said in November.
The metalworkers have also pushed for the administration to take a broader approach to the steel crisis.
“I think there’s a lot of good people in the administration,” Boulon said.
“But I don’t think we’re going in with a broad, sweeping approach.”
The metalworkers are also planning to hold events outside of the White for Trump’s pick for labor Secretary, Robert Reich.
On Friday, Boulons supporters were planning a march to the White, chanting: “We’re not out to make America great again.”