UAW Strike collides with presidential politics this week
Biden to meet with striking workers Tuesday, Trump to hold rally at parts supplier Wednesday
President Biden echoes the UAW’s claim that workers deserve a larger share of Detroit automakers’ record profits after the union took cuts to keep the companies from bankruptcy more than a decade ago.
White House officials say Biden, who bills himself as the most union-friendly president in recent history, is accepting the UAW’s invitation to meet with striking workers and walk the picket lines tomorrow.
But the UAW has yet to endorse Biden, in part over concerns that his push for electric vehicles could cost union jobs. Republicans see that as an opening to drive a wedge between the union and Democrats they typically support.
Former President, and current 2024 GOP front-runner, Donald Trump plans a rally at a parts supplier in Clinton Township on Wednesday, the same day other Republican candidates hold their next debate.
Trump claims concentrating on electric vehicles will “decimate” the US auto industry.