Chaired by Vice-President Kamala Harris and Vice-Chaired by Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment is mobilizing the federal government's policies, programs and practices to empower workers to organize and successfully bargain with their employers.

Learn how the U.S. Department of Labor and Secretary Walsh are working with the task force to help achieve its mission.

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Ensuring Workers Know Their Organizing and Bargaining Rights

We're leading an initiative to increase awareness among workers of their federally-protected rights to organize and collectively bargain with their employers.

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Establishing a Resource Center on Unions and Collective Bargaining

We developed a resource center with information on unions and collective bargaining for workers, unions, employers, researchers, other government agencies, and policymakers.

Visit the Worker Organizing Resource and Knowledge (WORK) Center site ➔

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Protecting Workers Who Organize from Illegal retaliation

We're committed to addressing and preventing employer retaliation against workers who exercise their labor rights.

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Shedding Light on Employers' Use of Anti-union Consultants

Our Office of Labor-Management Standards is taking action to increase public disclosure of arrangements between employers and the anti-union consultants they hire to run campaigns to discourage workers from forming or joining unions.

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Advancing Equity Across Underserved Communities by Supporting Worker Organizing and Collective Bargaining

By supporting workers' ability to organize and collectively bargain, the task force will also advance the administration's goal of ensuring greater equity for underserved populations and communities, especially workers of color, women, and workers with disabilities.

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Collecting and Reporting More Information on Unions' Role in the US Economy

We are committed to collecting, producing and analyzing more information about labor unions, worker organizing, and collective bargaining. This information can help workers, policymakers, worker organizations, employers and researchers better understand the effect of unions on workers and the economy.

Read our fact sheet ➔

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Why #UnionsMatter

Chart showing women's hourly pay as a share of men's, union vs. non-union
52% of non-union workers say they would vote for a union at their job if a union election were held today.
The median wealth of non-white union members is 385% greater than their peers who aren't in a union.
Chart showing that as the percent of workers in a union has declined in the US, inequality has increased

Additional resources

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How the Department of Labor is Empowering Workers to Organize

Secretary Walsh explains how the task force is putting the federal government's policy of encouraging worker organizing and collective bargaining into action

#UnionsMatter, dol.gov/labortaskforce.

How 20 Government Agencies and Offices are Working Together to Promote Worker Empowerment and Organizing

More than 20 Cabinet departments and White House agencies tasked with finding innovative ways to support worker organizing and collective bargaining. Here's what they found.

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Putting Power Back Into the Hands of Working People

Secretary Walsh and Vice President Harris traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to discuss what building back better looks like for workers in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

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Remarks by Vice President Harris and Secretary Marty Walsh Before Inaugural Meeting of the Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment

Full remarks from Vice President Harris and Secretary Marty Walsh before the first task force meeting.

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Key Messages

See our key messages about the department's role in the task force.

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WATCH: Why #UnionsMatter

Throughout our history, unions have lifted workers' voices in their workplaces, communities and government. But union density has been declining for decades, with devastating consequences