Biden’s Surprise Move: Backing UAW Strike Against Auto Giants!

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President Joe Biden expressed his support for United Auto Workers (UAW) union members who initiated a strike against the major U.S. automakers, collectively known as the Big 3.

In brief remarks at the White House, Biden stated, “I believe they should go further to ensure record corporate profits mean record contracts for the UAW.” He emphasized that the substantial corporate profits should translate into generous contracts for the UAW members.

The strike, launched by the UAW, began early on a Friday morning and involved nearly 13,000 workers across three auto plants in Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio, affecting General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis.

Biden acknowledged the frustration of these workers, who played a pivotal role in sustaining the automotive industry during the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis. He emphasized the importance of workers receiving a fair share of the benefits they helped create for these companies.

The strike carries significant political implications for President Biden, who has positioned himself as a pro-union president. It also has implications for his economic agenda leading up to the 2024 elections.

Economists have warned that a strike could result in substantial financial losses, disruptions in the supply chain, and other economic consequences.

Biden expressed hope that the involved parties would return to the negotiation table to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.

Despite his earlier prediction that the union would not strike, President Biden had discussions with UAW President Shawn Fain and auto company leaders prior to the strike deadline. Wage increases and the length of the workweek were points of contention in the negotiations.

The UAW, with nearly 150,000 members, adopted a “stand-up” strike approach, targeting specific plants and expanding the strike if necessary to increase their bargaining leverage.

Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su and White House senior adviser Gene Sperling were dispatched to Detroit to support the negotiation process.

Biden stressed the importance of auto workers, who have played a significant role in shaping America’s middle class, and their need for contracts that sustain their livelihoods.

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