Jill Biden lands in sunny California to praise White House labor ties on Cesar Chavez Day as husband Joe unveils $ 2T infrastructure project in Pittsburgh
- Jill Biden in California to tout White House employment relationships and celebrates Cesar Chavez Day
- She will visit Forty Acres, where Chavez founded his first union, and volunteer at a COVID vaccination site
- Labor leaders call Biden’s White House one of the most pro-workers in history
Jill Biden arrived in California on Wednesday to highlight the White House’s ties to Labor, while the government continues to send the first lady to sell President Joe Biden’s agenda.
Biden is in California for Cesar Chavez Day. Together with Governor Gavin Newsom and first partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, she will visit The Forty Acres to participate in an Action Day with the Cesar Chavez Foundation and the United Farmworkers Foundation.
The Forty Acres is the former headquarters of the United Farm Workers union, which was founded by Chavez.
The first lady will also meet farm workers during her visit and visit a COVID vaccination site.
The White House has deployed Jill Biden to help with its agenda – whether praising the benefits of the $ 1.9 trillion America Rescue Plan or, as she is Wednesday, paying tribute to a major Democratic ballot with her visit to union officials .
Jill Biden arrived in California on Wednesday to highlight the White House’s ties to labor
Jill Biden celebrates Cesar Chavez Day in historic Forty Acres
Cesar Chavez was a civil rights activist who fought for equality, fair treatment and fair wages for many farm workers. For many in the labor movement, he remains a hero.
President Joe Biden, who has strong ties to the labor movement, has a bust of Chavez in the Oval Office, visible on the table behind the Resolute Desk.
“I was proud to have placed a bust of César Chávez in the Oval Office so that no one who enters that historic room forgets the powerful truths communicated by his hands of his agricultural workers,” he said in a statement Wednesday. “On César Chávez Day, let us redefine the duty we have at the service of each other to work for equality and justice in our communities.”
While the first lady was on the West Coast, President Joe Biden was in Pittsburgh, where he announced his $ 2 trillion infrastructure plan, which will be paid by a tax on the rich.
“No one making less than $ 400,000 is going to see their federal taxes go up, period,” Biden said, echoing a campaign promise creating his own ‘read my lips’ moment.
‘This is not a punishment for people. I have nothing against millionaires and billionaires. I believe in American capitalism. I want everyone to do well, ”he added.
President Joe Biden has long ties to childbirth and placed a bronze bust of Cesar Chavez in the Oval Office, visible on the table behind him
Jill Biden speaks to members of the Cesar Chavez family upon arrival at The Forty Acres, the first headquarters of the United Farm Workers union
The White House has deployed Jill Biden to help with its agenda – whether praising the benefits of the $ 1.9 trillion America Rescue Plan or, as she is Wednesday, paying tribute to a major Democratic ballot with her visit to union officials
Unions supported Joe Biden during the 2020 campaign, and he repaid their loyalty by hosting union leaders in the Oval Office in February.
President Barack Obama made Cesar Chavez Day a federal holiday in 2014.
The labor movement got behind Joe Biden early on in the presidential primary process. The president often highlights his working-class roots and his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
According to OpenSecrets, a nonprofit that tracks campaign spending, Labor groups gave $ 27.5 million to Biden’s campaign.
And union leaders have called Biden the most union-friendly president of their lives.
The president has repaid their loyalty. One of the first groups he organized in the Oval Office as union leaders, which he brought in in February to discuss his COVID contingency plan.
And Biden chose Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a former top union leader, as his labor secretary.
It’s Jill Biden’s second visit to California this month. She visited military husbands and children based at the Twentynine Palms Marine base three weeks ago as she prepares to relaunch Joining Forces, her military initiative with Michelle Obama.