If you didn’t already know, America is finding itself with some quite severe labor problems. So it’s interesting that it’s at this point in time that President Biden’s top labor adviser is leaving.
To be clear, Celeste Drake isn’t being fired, nor is she resigning due to utter failure and embarrassment, although there’s much to say on that note. Instead, she is reportedly leaving for greener pastures, as she’s been offered a position as the new Deputy Director-General of the International Labor Organization, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
And with her departure to the Swiss being mere days away now, it means the White House will be scrambling, both to fill her position and deal with the already massive labor problems the nation is already facing.
For starters, it’s quite well known by now that Hollywood is a complete mess with all manner of strikes. First, it was just the writers, but now even big-name actors have joined the strike, claiming that executives aren’t paying them what they’re worth.
And there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for either side.
On another front, there are growing problems in the automotive industry. Here, it seems workers at major manufacturers like General Motors, Ford Motors, and Stellantis (the parent company of Chrysler) are all threatening to strike unless new and fairer deals are made.
Of course, the US government is just barely catching its breath after narrowly avoiding a strike from UPS workers. And, as usual, the railroad is still having some rather massive labor issues.
And now, Biden’s top labor adviser is simply jumping ship.
Then again, this may be a good thing.
For starters, it’s noted that Drake played a major role in the “most consequential labor negotiations that we’ve seen from ports to railways and also in crafting policy around how to support workers,” Brian Deese of the National Economic Council said.
Basically, she’s been “involved deeply” in Bidenomics and how it has affected workers. Not having her around to make similar policy changes just might give us a break.
It could also usher in more disastrous policies, which in short may not be good, but long term may mean Biden and his administration will be replaced in 2024.
In any case, good luck elsewhere, Drake.