Biden says he thinks US auto workers are unlikely to go on strike

US President Joe Biden said Monday he doesn’t think workers at the country’s big three automakers would go on strike, even as the contract deadline looms later this month.

“I’m not worried about a strike,” the Democratic president said Monday as he arrived in Philadelphia ahead of a US Labor Day speech. “I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

Late last month, the United Auto Workers union said its members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike at the Detroit Three automakers if an agreement is not reached before the current four-year contract expires on September 14.

A UAW strike is not certain. But the significant wage and welfare increases demanded by UAW President Shawn Fain and the intensity of the campaign being waged by the union prompted some Detroit industry executives and analysts to brace for walkouts in September.


U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during Labor Day celebrations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 4, 2023.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during Labor Day celebrations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 4, 2023.
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Striking members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) demonstrate prior to a visit by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the Deere & Co farm equipment plant in Ankeny, Iowa, the United States, October 20, 2021.
The UAW conducted a 42-day strike against GM in 2019 before negotiating a new contract.
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The National Labor Relations Board said Friday it would open an investigation into UAW claims that General Motors and Chrysler’s parent company Stellantis did not negotiate in good faith, which the automakers deny.

Separately, Ford Motor said Thursday it had offered a 9% pay rise through 2027, well below the 46% pay rise the union is targeting.

The UAW conducted a 42-day strike against GM in 2019 before negotiating a new contract.

DUSTIN JONES

DUSTIN JONES is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. DUSTIN JONES joined USTimeToday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with DUSTIN JONES by emailing dustinjones@ustimetoday.com.

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