The president of the United States, Joe Biden, joined the joint strike led by the United Auto Workers union (UAW), which includes the companies General Motors, Stellantis and Ford, and demanded a salary increase.
With a megaphone in hand, the Democratic president was seen with workers from the American auto sector at a picket in the state of Michigan (north) to express your support and tell them they deserve a raise.
“The UAW made a lot of sacrifices in 2008, they gave a lot and that happened when the companies were in trouble (…) now that the brands are doing very well, you also have to be very good.” You need a significant raise, with benefits.” held.
The participation of the head of state in the strike of three major car manufacturers, which threatens the US economy, The White House described it as a “historic” event who is a sitting president of a public demonstration of the automotive union.
According to the powerful UAW union, about 12,700 employees in the sector have been out of work since Friday, September 15, when the demonstrations began.
This strike will take place before the 2024 presidential campaign in the United States, where Biden is seeking re-election and is operating on thorny ground where he must strike a balance between expressed support for unions and fear of consequences for the American economy.
The American president’s action comes a day before Donald Trump goes to Michigan to try to convince workers to help him regain the White House.
The former president is seen as the favorite for the Republican presidential nomination and, therefore, the possible electoral opponent of Biden in the race.