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International Brotherhood of Teamsters President Sean O’Brien plans to handle the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee subsequent month, in what can be a uncommon look by a high-profile labor chief on the GOP’s quadrennial assembly.

Former President Donald Trump introduced the information on his social media platform Truth Social on Friday, saying O’Brien had “accepted my invitation.”

“Sean, I look forward to seeing you represent the Teamsters in Milwaukee,” Trump stated. “Together we can Make America Great Again.”

A Teamsters spokesperson confirmed the deliberate look in an e mail and stated O’Brien had requested to talk at each the Democratic and GOP conventions.

“This is truly unprecedented since it will be the very first time a Teamsters General President has addressed the RNC,” the spokesperson stated. “Our 1.3 million members represent every political background, and their message needs to be heard by as wide an audience as possible, and that includes all political candidates running for elected office.”

Most main unions have both publicly opposed or stored their distance from Trump, whose agenda as president was extraordinarily hostile to organized labor. The Teamsters endorsed President Joe Biden throughout his 2020 run towards Trump, however to date, the union has declined to throw its backing behind both candidate for 2024.

In the meantime, O’Brien seems completely satisfied to listen to Trump out. He and different high Teamsters met with the previous president in January, rankling members who strongly oppose a Trump return to the White House.

O’Brien, who took the helm of the union in March of 2022, stated it was necessary to talk with all candidates.

“There’s always a threat to organized labor, so we want to be proactive and make certain every candidate — not just President Biden — understands how important our issues are,” he informed Politico in March.

When Trump was president, he wasn’t precisely pleasant to organized labor. He put in members on the National Labor Relations Board who made it tougher for staff to arrange unions and rolled again a number of office laws meant to enhance security and lift wages.

Once Biden arrived on the White House, he set to peeling again a number of of these Trump-era modifications and formed the NLRB into arguably its most pro-union kind in many years. He additionally signed a coronavirus aid package deal that offered $86 billion in funding for troubled union pension funds, with the most important beneficiary being a Teamsters plan.

The AFL-CIO labor federation, which incorporates 60 unions however not the Teamsters, has already endorsed Biden for reelection. So has the United Auto Workers union, whose president, Shawn Fain, declared through the announcement in January that Trump is a “scab.”