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President Biden is predicted to affix auto employees on a picket line in Detroit on Tuesday, an uncommon transfer for a sitting president.
The strike, which started earlier this month, has elevated strain on Common Motors, Ford and Stellantis, the nation’s three largest auto firms.
Biden’s go to follows an invite from UAW chief Sean Wonderful.
“I feel the UAW gave up an unimaginable quantity when the auto trade was collapsing. They gave up every thing from their pensions, they bailed out the auto trade,” Biden mentioned Monday.
“Now that the trade is rebounding, they need to take part in benefiting from that,” he mentioned. “I at all times assist the UAW.”
White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned Biden would be a part of the picket line “in solidarity” with UAW employees.
However the White Home insisted that Biden was not concerned within the contract negotiations.
“We imagine this could possibly be a win-win settlement for everybody, however we is not going to talk about the small print of the negotiations,” she mentioned. “We by no means get into the small print of the negotiations… That is one thing that the 2 events determine.”
When employees went on strike on September 15, Biden mentioned he would ship Labor Secretary Julie Su and financial adviser Gene Sperling to Detroit. Lower than every week later, the White Home mentioned the 2 leaders would keep in Washington to permit the talks to maneuver ahead.
Trump will even go to Detroit
Biden is not the one one visiting auto employees. His journey to Michigan comes a day earlier than former President Donald Trump, who can be the highest Republican candidate within the 2024 main, visits the Motor Metropolis.
Trump will miss the second GOP main debate on Wednesday and plans to ship a speech from Michigan as a substitute.
Whereas Biden received the UAW’s endorsement in 2020, and whereas union employees have prior to now leaned blue, the union has but to make an endorsement within the 2024 race.