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Biden Expresses Support for Striking UAW Workers

President Biden expressed his support for the decision by the United Auto Workers (UAW) to go on strike. Around 13,000 autoworkers walked off the job in Detroit, prompting Biden to deploy two top administration officials to assist with negotiations. Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su and senior adviser Gene Sperling will work with the UAW and the companies involved to reach an agreement. While Biden wants a resolution for the UAW workers, he also acknowledged that a prolonged strike could have negative effects on the U.S. economy, especially in an election year.

During his remarks in the Roosevelt Room, Biden emphasized that no one wants a strike and that workers deserve a fair share of the benefits they help create. He also mentioned that companies have made significant offers, including a 20% raise, but he believes they should do more to ensure that record corporate profits translate into record contracts.

The strike originated from the failure to reach a new contract agreement between the UAW and Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis. The demands of the UAW workers include a four-day, 32-hour work week with the pay of a five-day, 40-hour week, higher salaries, more paid time off, and improved pension benefits. This marks the first time in UAW history that workers are simultaneously striking at all three companies.

While Biden showed his support for the UAW, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce placed some blame on the Biden administration, claiming that the strike is a result of its approach to promoting unionization. Despite the strike, Biden had previously expressed confidence that it would not happen. Other politicians, such as Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown and Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman, have also expressed solidarity with the striking UAW workers.

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