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 September 29, 2023

United Auto Workers reject President Biden over green agenda

Striking United Auto Workers blasted President Joe Biden for his electric vehicle agenda that they say will "wipe us out."

Striking workers who are engaged in one of the largest workers strikes in American history weren't too receptive to President Biden when he joined workers for 12 minutes on the picket line. 

Not only did President Biden's appearance feel like an insincere photo opportunity, he spent less than half an hour with striking workers.

It seems the Biden administration hoped to gain favor with crucial voters, but that plan hasn't worked out.

If Biden wants auto workers to vote for him next election, he might have to pull back on his crusade to force electric vehicles on America.

Biden strikes out

UAW workers have many grievances that they are working out with the “Big Three” automakers and the Biden administration's electric vehicle campaign is one of those grievances.

E&E News interviewed workers and found that many workers have a personal aversion to electric vehicles.

Workers cited issues ranging from range, charging reliability and their higher sticker price, as to why they want electric vehicles themselves.

Furthermore, workers are concerned about electric vehicles eliminating workers jobs.

One worker said, Whitney Walch, who works for Stellantis’ distribution center in Beaverton, Oregon, told E&E News that "[EVs] don’t need spark plugs, what else, oil filters, we sell a lot of those. If we don’t have all those parts, I feel like we don’t have a lot to do. I think EVs are going to wipe us out."

Biden is running a huge risk with blue collar auto workers who he will need if he wants to win in 2024.

Eyes on Michigan

Many striking workers reside in Michigan which will be a key swing state that will likely determine the outcome of next year's election.

Former President Donald Trump has already recognized this and paid a visit to striking workers to show his support for the strikes.

While UAW leadership has rejected Trump's support, rank and file workers will likely see things differently.

Written By:
Robert Hoel

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