Working families across the country celebrate milestone Biden/Harris inauguration

01/22/2021

Swearing-in ceremony followed by the signing of executive orders on COVID and immigration

SEIU members, worker leaders in the Fight for $15 and a Union, and working families across America have spent the last four years rallying, protesting and demanding an economy and democracy that works for all families, regardless of race or citizenship status. They celebrated a new chapter in their country Wednesday with the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

“Today working people will take a moment to mark how far we’ve come, but tomorrow morning we will double down on the work that still needs to be done. Essential workers are demanding to be respected, protected and paid,” said SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry on Twitter.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, the Biden Administration began taking steps in fulfilling several of the key campaign promises the President made on COVID, climate change and immigration. Biden has signed executive orders aimed at ramping up COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, tightening enforcement of workplace safety rules and funneling more federal dollars to states struggling through the pandemic and economic crisis. He has also issued orders addressing immigration including a repeal of President Trump’s divisive Muslim Ban, halting border wall construction, reinstating Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians and the DACA program. 

“Today’s inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris is a major step forward, and one working people are celebrating from coast to coast as we continue to fight for a nation where everyone, regardless of the color of their skin, is respected, healthy and can live with dignity,” continued Henry in her statement.

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