Joe Biden continues to present himself as a man of the people, a supporter of blue-collar workers. He frequently pitches to this large voting group, and likes to focus on his small-town roots.
As such, the Democratic presidential nominee will be counting on their support come November. And labor leaders continue to push Biden as the correct choice for the country.
But that isn’t flying with many workers.
Many union leaders are attempting to avoid a repeat of 2016 when Donald Trump outperformed among union members. But despite their efforts, “Everyday Joe” could be in trouble.
Labor leaders have worked throughout 2020 to push Biden but according to a recent report, their efforts might be in vain.
To rank-and-file members in some unions, especially the building trades, it doesn’t matter. They’re still firmly in Donald Trump’s camp.
Local officials says support for the President in “critical battleground states” remains solid.
Furthermore, there doesn’t appear to be much movement in terms of union members switching teams. Most simply refuse to budge.
Said Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council executive secretary-treasurer Mike Knisley:
We haven’t moved the needle here.
Even if given all the information that’s been put out there, all the facts — just pick an issue that the president has had his hands in — it doesn’t make a difference.
Currently, among North America’s Building Trades Unions members, Biden and Trump are virtually tied in in six swing states: Biden holding 48 percent of the vote, with Trump claiming 47 percent.
This could be good news for the President, especially in the Midwest.
The Rust Belt states – Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin – helped Trump earn the victory in 2016. And about 1 in 6 voters nationwide is a union member, or comes from a union household.
Historically, these voters have sided with Democrat candidates.
But they shifted in 2016 according to exit polls, as Hillary Clinton wasn’t popular among unions. She garnered less than half the support Barack Obama earned four years earlier.
Now, Biden will have to scramble to get those voters back. But will he be able to make the swing before November?
- Labor union leaders have been pushing Joe Biden for much of 2020.
- But while Biden has more support than Hillary Clinton had in 2016, many union members maintain firm support of President Trump.
- Right now, Biden and Trump appear to be locked in a dead heat in six swing states.