July 12, 2023

Automaker Union Blasts Biden Over EV Push Cutting Wages

The United Auto Workers (UAW) is criticizing President Joe Biden over his green energy agenda and electric vehicle push that is reportedly hurting wages among auto workers.

The group pointed out that wages are falling for workers while taxpayer funding is going to Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis.

“There have been clear winners and losers and the same people who’ve always won, the corporate elite and the billionaire class, seem to think they can keep calling the shots,” UAW President Shawn Fain said in a video.

"The ‘Big Three’ automakers, Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis, are taking billions of dollars in government subsidies to go electric. But those benefits aren’t trickling down to UAW members," he noted.

The call also comes as the union prepares for a strike among workers at the top three U.S. automakers.

"The head of the United Auto Workers, which represents 150,000 U.S. hourly workers at General Motors (GM.N), Ford Motor (F.N) and Chrysler-parent Stellantis (STLAM.MI), said the union is not afraid to strike any of the automakers without a fair contract," Reuters reported.

"The Big Three is our strike target. And whether or not there's a strike, it's up to Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis," UAW President Shawn Fain said Tuesday in online remarks.

A major strike could be a disaster for Biden who has focused on unions as one of his top areas in his past campaign for president in 2020.

The impact could also be massive for many Americans in the auto industry as strikes could shut down plants and impact the shipment of new cars and auto parts.

The upcoming days will be critical for the Biden administration to work out a deal with the union to avoid a strike and keep the union on his side for the 2024 presidential election.



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