In an unexpected turn of events, both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are making appearances at UAW picket lines in Michigan, showing their support for the ongoing 2023 UAW strike against automakers. This marks a historic moment, as it’s rare for a president to be seen on a picket line.
The UAW strike, which began on September 15th, has caught the attention of many Americans who are concerned about the economy, the environment, and the financial struggles faced by working-class families. The strike has gained a populist appeal, with many supporting the UAW strikers over management.
According to a poll conducted before the strike, 75% of Americans are likely supporting the UAW strikers. This comes as no surprise, as unions have been garnering increased support in recent years. Union approval, which dipped to a low of 48% in 2009, has since risen to around 60%.
The UAW’s demands, including a 32-hour workweek, may seem bold to some, but many see the struggles faced by workers in various industries where pay and benefits are not on par with the cost of living. The strike has become a symbol of the fight for fair wages and better working conditions.
Traditionally, presidents have avoided picket lines due to the unpredictable nature of such protests and the desire to remain neutral in labor disputes. However, both Biden and Trump have chosen to make appearances, recognizing the significance of the UAW strike in shaping the future of the auto industry and the upcoming 2024 presidential race.
As the strike continues, it remains to be seen how negotiations will unfold and what impact it will have on the auto industry and Michigan’s economy. One thing is clear, though – the UAW strikers have gained the support of many Americans who are demanding fair treatment and better opportunities for workers across the country.