January 26, 2024

UAW President Warns Many Union Members Won't Vote for Biden

United Auto Workers (UAW) President Shawn Fain revealed that a substantial majority of American union workers in the auto industry are unlikely to vote for President Joe Biden, favoring the presumptive Republican nominee, former President Donald Trump.

Fain emphasized that the primary concern for UAW members is voting in alignment with their economic interests, opting for a president committed to an economy that works for them.

He underscored the stark choice between the two candidates, asserting that one supports the working class and labor, while the other aligns with the billionaire class.

Fain's comments followed the UAW's endorsement of Biden for reelection, a move that raised eyebrows given the concerns voiced by some members. They fear that Biden's green energy agenda, particularly the push for electric vehicle (EV) mandates, could lead to detrimental consequences for the American auto industry, including plant closures, outsourcing, and job losses.

Criticism has also been directed at Biden's trade and China policies, viewed by some as conflicting with the interests of American auto workers.

Despite these reservations, the UAW's endorsement stands, even as members express worries about the potential impact of Biden's initiatives, which some believe could bring about "poverty wages" to the auto industry.

In contrast, former President Trump has positioned himself as a staunch supporter of American auto workers, promising to end Biden's EV mandates and warning about the rapid disappearance of jobs under what he perceives as the administration's crippling green energy efforts.

“If you’re a United Auto Worker, or an auto worker of any standard of any state, I don’t care, they’re going to destroy your business,” Trump said in October. “Within two years, you’re not going to have a job. I’m going to bring back jobs. I’m going to bring back the manufacture of automobiles in our country.”

“Tell your union head … tell him to not endorse the Democrats who are going to put you out of business,” Trump said. “You’re going to be out of a job.”

Trump's economic nationalist platform has resonated with union voters, contributing to his success in securing a significant portion of union households in critical states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin during the 2020 election.

The dynamics highlight the intersection of economic considerations, green energy policies, and the electoral preferences of American auto workers.

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