President Biden will join the picket line in solidarity Announce On social media.Union in Detroit on Tuesday
Mr. Biden likes to call himself the most pro-union president, and a visit to striking workers — a highly unusual move for a president — would certainly send a strong message.
“Tuesday, I’m going to Michigan to join the picket line and stand in solidarity with the men and women of the UAW as they fight for a fair share of the value they help create,” he wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “It is time to reach a win-win agreement that keeps the American auto industry thriving through good-paying UAW jobs.”
UAW President Shawn Fain called on the president to join the picket line. When a reporter asked the president on Friday if he would do that, the president turned the question around, saying: “Can you come with me?”
Last week, when the president addressed the strike situation, he said the companies involved had made “great offers” but needed to do more.
“Companies have made some interesting offers, but I think they must go further – to ensure that record corporate profits mean record contracts,” he said. Biden said.
The strike began after union leaders failed to reach an agreement on a new contract with Ford, General Motors and Stellantis.A four-day, 32-hour work week, versus a five-day, 40-hour week, plus significant pay increases. They also want more paid leave and retirement benefits, rather than a 401k savings plan, among other demands.
The UAW announced FridayIts strike will include 38 General Motors and Stellantis parts distribution centers in 20 states. However, Ford was noticeably not included in the strike expansion as the two sides have held positive contract talks in recent days.
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