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UAW President Challenges Biden to Support Auto Workers as Strike Enters Fifth Day

HeadlineSep 19, 2023

In labor news, striking auto workers have expressed skepticism over President Biden’s comments siding with the union. United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain has said he will not automatically endorse Biden’s 2024 reelection run, as the union “expects actions, not words.” Several Democratic members of Congress have joined the picket line in recent days, including House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, who made a trip to Detroit Sunday to express solidarity. Meanwhile, Donald Trump said he plans to skip the second Republican presidential primary debate in California next week to speak in Detroit. Trump has accused UAW leadership of failing its members and appealed for the support of auto workers. Fain has also been critical of Trump. This all comes as the strike of some 12,700 auto workers has entered a fifth day. This is UAW member Stu Jackson speaking from a picket line in Wayne, Michigan.

Stu Jackson: “We don’t want to wait four years to get it. We need it now. We need it now, you know, and that’s the way they’ve been doing us, you know, all these bonus checks. We don’t need bonus checks. We need cost of living allowance, you know? We need to keep up with what’s going on in the economy.”

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