The White House’s labor task force this week launched an effort to increase the number of unionized workers. The group, whose agenda was unveiled at its first meeting May 13, will also address income inequality and look to even the worker-employer relationship, according to Reuters.
"When there are more union members, there is less income inequality," Vice President Kamala Harris, who leads the group, said.
President Biden created the labor task force in April.
The percentage of unionized American workers decreased by nearly 15 percentage points between 1979 and 2020, according to the White House. That dip has cost workers about $200 billion in wages and benefits annually, according to analysts, Reuters said.