President Joe Biden recently nominated Rich Trumka Jr. to serve as the next commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an independent government organization with wide-ranging authority over consumer goods.
Trumka Jr. is the son of Richard Trumka, the longtime president of the nation’s largest labor union, the AFL-CIO. Trumka endorsed Biden in the 2020 election, but he was also quick to criticize Biden’s decision to shut down the Keystone XL pipeline over concerns regarding thousands of canceled union contracts.
“I wish he had paired that more carefully with the thing that he did second, by saying here’s where we’re creating jobs,” he told Axios‘s Jonathan Swan at the time of Biden’s decision. “If you destroy 100 jobs in Greene County, Pennsylvania, where I grew up, and you create 100 jobs in California, it doesn’t do those 100 families much good.”
Though Biden pledged during the campaign to work closely with unions should he win the 2020