Vice President Mike Pence expressed support for the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against the Big Three automakers: Ford, General Motors and Stellantis. Pence believes the UAW is responding “correctly” to the Biden administration’s policies promoting electric vehicles (EVs). The strike began on Friday as the union demanded wage increases, pension benefits and workplace protections.
In an interview with CNN, Pence said he understands autoworkers’ concerns, particularly when it comes to inflation. He acknowledged that salaries are not keeping up with the rising cost of living. While he didn’t directly address the issue of unfair CEO compensation, he did mention that the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is a major problem for the UAW.
The IRA contains provisions to encourage electric vehicle production, such as tax credits and programs to support new production facilities. Pence expressed concern about this green agenda, saying it pushes the industry toward electric vehicles and benefits China, which produces most of the batteries used in these vehicles.
The UAW criticized the focus on electric vehicles, noting that most new manufacturing plants are being built in regions with less union support and regulation. Even UAW President Shawn Fain announced that the union would not support President Biden’s re-election campaign due to concerns about electric vehicles.
While the Biden administration has expressed support for the strike and called on automakers to improve their offerings, Pence believes they should go further. He argued that record corporate profits should be reflected in fair contracts for the UAW.
Finally, I want to say that Vice President Pence supports the UAW strike and shares your concerns about the push toward electric vehicles. He believes autoworkers’ fears are rooted in the economy and inflation, as well as the impact of the IRA. The UAW’s opposition to electric vehicles is a key factor in its decision not to support President Biden’s re-election campaign.