President Joe Biden’s decision to join striking United Auto Workers (UAW) in Detroit, Michigan, was not influenced by former president Donald Trump’s planned visit the following day, according to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. Jean-Pierre stated that Biden’s visit to the picket line was based on his own desire to stand with autoworkers and was arranged at the invitation of UAW President Shawn Fain. The UAW represents around 146,000 workers across major automakers but has not yet endorsed Biden for reelection, despite historically supporting Democrats.
UAW workers recently expanded their strike to 38 parts and distribution locations across 20 states, specifically targeting General Motors (GM) and Stellantis. However, they will not initiate additional strikes at Ford Motor as the company has demonstrated its seriousness about reaching a deal with the union. Meanwhile, Donald Trump announced that he would skip the second GOP debate and instead engage with striking UAW workers, showing his support for the labor movement.
In summary, President Biden’s decision to join striking UAW workers in Detroit was not influenced by Trump’s planned visit. Biden’s intention to stand with autoworkers and his desire to support the labor movement were the driving factors behind his visit. Despite not receiving an endorsement from the UAW for his reelection, Biden still seeks to strengthen his relationship with the union and demonstrate his support for workers’ rights.