President Joe Biden offered praise and encouragement Tuesday to striking members of the United Auto Workers union, as he took the unprecedented step of joining them at a picket line in Belleville, Mich. “Stick with it, because you deserve a significant raise,” Biden said in remarks that lasted about a minute.
“Let’s get back what we lost, OK? We saved them, it’s about time for them to step up for us,” he added, referring to the Big Three automakers — General Motors
and Chrysler parent Stellantis
It was the first time a sitting president has visited a picket line in modern times, according to the Biden White House. His visit to Michigan came a day before the 2024 Republican presidential primary’s frontrunner, Donald Trump, was due to visit a non-union automotive plant after earlier signaling he would meet with striking auto workers. UAW sources have said they didn’t invite Trump to the picket line. The Democratic president’s show of solidarity with the UAW also came as pollster Morning Consult said the GOP had “closed its deficit against the Democratic Party on the question of caring about ‘people like me.’” “You saved the automobile industry back in 2008 and before — made a lot of sacrifices, gave up a lot, and the companies were in trouble,” Biden also said during his brief remarks, delivered with the aid of a bullhorn. “Now they’re doing incredibly well and guess what? You should be doing incredibly well, too.” UAW Presiden …