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Biden cancels appearance in Philadelphia at NEA conference after workers go on strike • Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Biden cancels appearance in Philadelphia at NEA conference after workers go on strike • Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Biden cancels appearance in Philadelphia at NEA conference after workers go on strike • Pennsylvania Capital-Star

President Joe Biden canceled his appearance at the National Education Association conference in Philadelphia on Sunday, after a union representing NEA workers Announced I was going to go on strike on Friday.

“President Biden is a staunch supporter of unions and will not cross a picket line,” the Biden campaign said in a statement Friday. “The President is still scheduled to travel to Pennsylvania this weekend and we will have more details to share at a later time.”

NEASO said in a news release Friday that it had filed two lawsuits alleging unfair labor practices. complaints against the NEA before the National Labor Relations Board. The union accuses the NEA of wage theft and “failing to provide information requested by the workers’ union regarding the subcontracting of more than $50 million to contractors.”

The NEA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

“The National Education Association has threatened to hold its convention virtually to avoid a physical picket line. For a union to trick its members into crossing a picket line is reprehensible. It also confirms what we have been saying: the NEA has abandoned its union values ​​with its actions at the bargaining table.” Robin McLean, President of NEASO “The NEA would rather cancel a multimillion-dollar convention than comply with labor laws. NEA members should ask themselves where their hard-earned dues dollars are being spent and wasted,” he said in a statement.

Biden is frequently touted as the most pro-union president in history, and crossing a picket line would be problematic. In September, Biden picketed with the United Auto Workers on strike, believed to be the first time in modern history that a sitting president has visited an active strike.

He The NEA represents public school teachers and support staff, college and university faculty and staff, as well as college students preparing to become retired teachers and educators.

NEASO’s contract expired on May 31, 2024. According to their website Represents 350 members of the NEA’s approximately 3 million members.

The appearance with first lady Jill Biden would have been Biden’s ninth of the year in Pennsylvania. and his first in the state since his unstable performance in last week’s presidential debate.

Biden’s most recent appearance in Pennsylvania, also in Philadelphia, was in late May with Vice President Kamala Harris to Launches Black Voters for Biden-Harris Campaign Initiative.