Democratic rep says labor unions don't have to be in conflict with technology

Rep. Andy LevinAndrew (Andy) LevinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? MORE (D-Mich.) said in an interview that aired Thursday on "Rising" that workers rights and labor unions do not have to be in conflict with technological developments. 

"The workers have an interest with the company, completely aligned at being the most up to date technologically, the most efficient, and so there's no reason that workers having power or unions has to be at all in conflict with racing into the future," Levin told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons. 

"If you look at countries where workers have real rights, they do not fear technological change," he said. "Take Sweden, 70 percent unionized. Swedish workers don't fear that if their company gets the latest technology, is the most efficient, adopts whole new processes, that their job's going to go away because they have a union contract which says it's not," he said.

"You're going to get retrained in that company," he added. 

Levin's comments come as unions have made headlines as Democratic presidential hopefuls work to appeal to the labor groups ahead of 2020. 

The only union to endorse a candidate so far in the Democratic primary is the International Association of Fire Fighters, which backed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge MORE in April. 

— Julia Manchester