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President Biden addresses 2023 IAFF legislative conference

“You’ve had my back and I’ll have yours,” said Biden, the first sitting president to speak at the event


Then-Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Legislative Conference and Presidential Forum in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2015.

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By Rachel Engel

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden addressed the International Association of Fire Fighters’ legislative conference on Monday, the first sitting president to speak at the event, Fox Business reported.

Biden used his speech to reiterate his commitment to supporting labor unions: “It’s about your dignity. That’s why I fight so damn hard to protect your right to collective bargaining. Make sure you have what you need to manage the risk of your job today. ... I promise you, you’ve had my back and I’ll have yours.”

The union was the first to endorse the president’s 2020 election bid, and the president hinted at his 2024 plans by saying he’s “determined to finish the job.” The union has not announced if it will endorse the president should he decide to run for re-election.

Watch President Biden’s full speech to the IAFF legislative conference here: