U.S. President Joe Biden greets AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler during an event held in honor of labor unions in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 8, 2021

The AFL-CIO, the largest labor federation in the US, called on Biden to cancel student debt.
Its president, Liz Shuler, wrote that “we cannot ask working people to make further sacrifices.”
Biden said a decision on loan forgiveness should be made in the coming weeks.

The largest labor federation in the US just joined the student-loan forgiveness fight.

On Thursday, the AFL-CIO’s president, Liz Shuler, called on President Joe Biden to enact broad debt cancellation for federal borrowers. As Biden is becoming closer to making a decision on loan relief, she is the latest advocate to push the president to deliver permanent relief to borrowers before payments are set to resume after August 31.

“Organized labor was built on the foundation of creating a pathway to the middle class for everyone, but skyrocketing student loan debt has become an insurmountable obstacle to achieving this goal,” Shuler wrote on Twitter. 

She added that while the pause on student-loan payments has made “a tremendous difference” for many borrowers, “we cannot ask working people to make further sacrifices.”

“Now is the time to cancel, not collect, student debt,” she said.

—Liz Shuler (@lizshuler) May 12, 2022

The AFL-CIO has 12.5 million members spanning 57 unions. The federation has been thrust into increased prominence amidst an upswell of organizing. Biden has been an outspoken proponent for organized labor, declaring that he intends to be “the most pro-union President leading the most pro-union administration in American history.”

With Biden’s continued focus on the labor movement — from forming a task force on strengthening union membership to inviting workers to the White House — a call for cancellation from …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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