Biden Joins Picket Line in Show of Support for UAW Strike
Summary from AllSides News Team
President Joe Biden briefly joined a picket line in Michigan on Tuesday in support of striking members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.
Key Quotes: Speaking to a group of striking workers, Biden said, “The fact of the matter is you guys, UAW, you saved the automobile industry back in 2008. You've made a lot of sacrifices. You gave up a lot when the companies were in trouble. But now they're doing incredibly well and guess what? You should be doing incredibly well too.” Biden added, “Folks, stick with it. You deserve the significant raise you need and other benefits. Let's get back what we lost. We saved them, and it's about time they step up for us.”
Details: UAW first called the strike on August 15, expanding the walkout to additional facilities the following week. The union is demanding a roughly 40% pay increase, the reinstatement of cost-of-living-adjustments, the elimination of tiered wage systems, and additional job security provisions. During his visit, Biden voiced support for the 40% pay increase demand but did not speak directly on the other demands.
How the Media Covered It: Biden’s visit to the picket line received prominent coverage in many left- and center-rated outlets on Tuesday. The Associated Press (Lean Left bias) stated Biden’s show of support is “unparalleled in presidential history.” Reuters (Center bias) stated Biden’s visit highlights “the importance of union support in the 2024 presidential election, even though unions represent a tiny fraction of U.S. workers.”
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From the RightBiden joins UAW picket line in Michigan: 'Stick with it'
President Joe Biden told striking United Auto Workers members to "stick with it" during a brief visit to the picket line in Detroit on Tuesday.
Biden said that he had previously picketed with UAW workers when he was a senator but noted that his Tuesday appearance marked the first ever by a president during an active strike.
In total, Biden spent just under a half-hour with the workers, posing for photos and delivering remarks beside UAW President Shawn Fain, who had invited Biden to the line on Friday.
From the CenterBiden backs 40% UAW pay raise in Michigan strike visit
President Joe Biden on Tuesday joined a picket line with striking autoworkers in Michigan, backing their call for a 40% pay raise and telling them they deserve a "lot more" than they are getting.
Biden's appearance, the first visit by a U.S. president to striking workers in modern history, comes a day before Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner for president, will speak to auto workers in Michigan. The rare back-to-back events highlight the importance of union support in the 2024 presidential election, even though unions represent a tiny fraction of...
From the LeftBiden urges striking auto workers to “stick with it” in picket line visit unparalleled in history
President Joe Biden joined United Auto Workers strikers on a picket line Tuesday as their work stoppage against major carmakers hit day 12, a demonstration of support for organized labor apparently unparalleled in presidential history.
“Stick with it,” he told them, exchanging fist bumps with grinning picketers as he walked along the line. “You deserve the significant raise you need,” Biden said through a bullhorn while wearing a union baseball cap after arriving at a General Motors parts distribution warehouse west of Detroit.
He encouraged them to continue fighting for...