Granholm tells unions to link job growth to Biden’s legislative wins

By James Bikales | 04/26/2024 06:39 AM EDT

North America’s Building Trades Unions endorsed Biden’s reelection Wednesday morning.

Jennifer Granholm, right, speaks to Nydia Velazquez, center, Jim Shillitto, left, and members of the union during a tour of the Ravenswood Generating Station.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm (right) frequently touts the benefits of the Biden administration's industrial policy for union labor. Mary Altaffer/AP

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm called on labor officials Wednesday to tie the growth of U.S. manufacturing and construction jobs in recent years to President Joe Biden’s signature legislative accomplishments.

“We need you to help us connect your members to these jobs and the reason why these jobs are happening,” Granholm said in a speech at the North America’s Building Trades Unions’ legislative conference that drew three standing ovations.

NABTU endorsed Biden’s reelection on Wednesday morning, saying he has “demonstrated his laser-like focus on not only rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure and manufacturing sector but rebuilding the American middle class itself.”


Granholm said that people “sometimes don’t connect” that their jobs came from the bipartisan infrastructure law, Inflation Reduction Act, or the CHIPS and Science Act.