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US President Joe Biden is the first in the modern history of the United States to visit striking workers.
He went to Michigan a day before his predecessor Donald Trump’s expected appearance, supporting a demand for a 40 percent wage increase for auto industry workers.
“Companies were in trouble, now they’re doing incredibly well. And guess what? You should be doing incredibly well, too,” Biden said through a megaphone at a General Motors parts center, referring to the 2009 state bailout of the auto industry. led to a reduction in wages.
“Reuters” notes that the interest of the two contenders, who will seek participation in the next presidential election, underlines the importance of the support of the unions before the vote next year, even though they represent a small part of the workers.
Trump’s appearance “on the back” of the first Republican presidential debate garnered millions of views
The agency also wrote that automakers are relying on Washington for billions in subsidies to produce electric vehicles and are negotiating with the Biden administration over future emissions rules that require a shift to electric vehicles — too fast and too expensive, according to the industry. The union is concerned that the shift to electric vehicles will mean job losses, as these vehicles require fewer parts to manufacture.
Only 10.1% of US workers were union members in 2022, but they have enormous political influence because states where they are strong often swing from voting Democratic to Republican.