Update Post: December 9, 2023 8:09 am
Date: September 23, 2023 Time: 16:51:38
The US president, Joe Biden, announced this Friday that next Tuesday he will go to Michigan to join the pickets in the automobile sector that have been on strike for a week demanding better working conditions. “On Tuesday I will go to Michigan to join the picket lines and show my solidarity with the men and women of the UAW in their fight for a fair share of the value they have helped create,” the president said on X (formerly Twitter ).
According to the social network, it is time for both parties to reach a mutually beneficial agreement that keeps the American automotive sector “flourishing” with well-paying jobs. UAW demands salary increases of 40% distributed over the next four years, the elimination of salary differences between plant workers of the same companies, greater guarantees of job security and recovering the aid they had until 2009 to compensate for the increase in the cost of living.
On September 15, the union declared a strike at three assembly plants of General Motors (GM), Ford and Stellantis after failing to reach an agreement to sign a new collective agreement with those three companies by that date. This Friday, it extended the stoppage to 38 GM and Stellantis work centers considering that there is no progress in the negotiation with both manufacturers, but it excluded Ford from that extension, estimating that the latter is “taking seriously” reaching a agreement.
Biden’s visit will occur the day before Donald Trump (2017-2021), according to what the media has leaked, goes to Michigan to speak to union members. With this intervention, the former Republican president will skip the debate that his party has organized that day in Los Angeles with conservative candidates for the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential elections.