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Former vice president author of Violence Against Women Act

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In 2014, Vice President Joe Biden hugs Ruth Glenn, of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, at a Washington, D.C., event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.

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Many Floridians are wondering who the real Joe Biden beyond the public persona that we know well from his decades in public service. As a senior advisor to Vice President Biden in the White House from 2015-2017, I can answer that.

I was the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, a position created under President Obama’s administration —and eliminated by President Trump’s. The fact that the post was created at Biden’s insistence is a testament to his commitment to addressing a less-visible pandemic that this nation has been dealing with for a long time, and that has intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I went to work in the White House somewhat skeptical of the federal

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Author Michael Lind: US needs ‘new model’ for organized labor

Author Michael Lind called for a “new model” for organized labor in America, noting that most countries operate under a system where collective bargaining benefits entire economic sectors.

“Unions are important because in practice, wages are set by bargaining power, not merely by market forces,” Lind said in a Monday HillTV interview. “Employers do have some wiggle room in setting wages and they will set them as low as possible unless individual workers can pool their bargaining power through collective bargaining power somehow.”

Lind noted that most countries operate under so-called sectoral bargaining, in which employers and labor reach an agreement that covers all workers in a specific sector of the economy. He called this system “better both for workers and for business than the enterprise-based system of unionism that the United States has had since the 1930s.”

Lind faulted this American system for the collapse of American union membership

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