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President Biden To Visit UAW Picket Line In Michigan

Prior to the onset of the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis last week, President Joe Biden was encouraging the sides to work together, and even predicted that the union ultimately wouldn’t strike – comments that drew heavy criticism from UAW President Shawn Fain. Biden later added that automakers should share profits with union members, and noted that he planned to send White House adviser Gene Sperling and Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su to Detroit to help in any way they could. Fain was quick to note that the Biden Administration would not have any role in the ongoing talks with automakers, and as such, the White House canceled that planned visit. However, Biden has announced that he will instead be visiting Detroit himself this week.

“Tuesday, I’ll go to Michigan to join the picket line and stand in solidarity with the men and women of UAW as they fight for a fair share of the value they helped create,” Biden wrote in a post on the social media platform X. “It’s time for a win-win agreement that keeps American auto manufacturing thriving with well-paid UAW jobs.”

Biden isn’t the only presumed 2024 presidential candidate that plans to visit Detroit, as former President Donald Trump also stated that he was also planning on meeting with union members in the same city. However, Fain also criticized that potential visit, and has been quite clear that he doesn’t want to bring politics into these ongoing discussions. “This battle is not about the president,” Fain previously stated. “It’s not about the former president or any other person prior to that. This battle is about the workers standing up for economic and social justice and getting their fair share because they’re fed up with going backwards.”

With a recent poll indicating that a little more than half of Americans support the UAW and Hollywood strikes, it’s clear that both political rivals are aiming to appeal to that group of voters. However, in the meantime, Ford is the only one of the Big Three Detroit automakers to make “significant” progress on a potential new deal, which prevented the union from taking action at additional plants this week.

We’ll have more on the UAW strike soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more 2023 Ford-UAW news, UAW news, and non-stop Ford news coverage.

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  1. Les

    I can’t believe the UAW wants biden anywhere near a Union Hall?
    He shut down the pipeline, he’s shutting down the coal mines (both Union jobs) and they want him in office? It’s unbelievable!

  2. StarLord

    After he shafted the railroad union I am betting they are extra pissed at Biden now. What a joke of a president. The only reason he is going is because Trump is going. 2024 can’t come fast enough.

  3. John

    The Feds need to stay out of this dispute. Although Uncle Joe will tell is how he helped Henry Ford invent the assembly line I am sure.

    1. Rob A

      Well, Biden was probably there at that time they were making Model T’s, but didn’t do anything to help. Kind of like now.

  4. Wright

    Biden can’t stand up much less stand in picket Line. Simply put, useless career politician .

    1. Rob A

      Watch, he’ll trip if he tries LOL!

  5. Al Faro

    Joe Biden is an enemy of all workers, especially auto workers, given his ridiculous policies on EV’s and energy. There is no pressing need whatsoever to force electric vehicles on consumers as we have enough of our own oil and natural gas to last hundreds of years and EV’s can be produced very slowly and correctly so that there is an infrastructure supporting them and those who wish to purchase them as well as the technology to build batteries affordably. The only reason Biden is meeting with auto workers is because President Trump announced his intention of meeting with them the night of the debate. All American workers are far better off with a Trump presidency than a Biden presidency and we have the evidence when comparing the two.

  6. Dave Mathers

    Dumb move. His visit will do nothing to help the strike and will just fire up the MAGA crowd with justifiable attacks on Biden. He would have been smarter to just stay home.

  7. Cigna

    Joe Biden’s anti-fossil fuel policy is the biggest threat to the UAW’s existence, the UAW should still not endorse him. Forcing people (like me) who don’t care for EVs to buy an EV is a terrible policy. Joe Biden’s anti-fossil policy will eventually cause gasoline to reach the $6/gallon range and eliminate lots of UAW jobs. EV technology is still not compatible in cold weather areas.

  8. Tigger

    I am surprised that the UAW does not do their research on idiots like Biden, Rashida Tlaib, and Debbie Dingbat Dingell. These people are patting the UAW folks on the back with one hand and stabbing them in the back with the other.


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