Biden Becomes First President to Walk a Strike Picket Line

President Joe Biden made history when he walked the picket line with members of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) at General Motors’ Willow Run parts center near Detroit, Michigan last month. He is the first sitting U.S. president to join a labor union on strike. The United Auto Workers are striking against the big three auto companies — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler maker Stellantis. According to this report, President Biden commented, “The fact of the matter is that you guys, the UAW, you saved the automobile industry back in 2008 … you made a lot of sacrifices. You gave up a lot. And the companies were in trouble. Now they’re doing incredibly well and guess what? You should be doing incredibly well too.” Updated reports on the strike indicate that the UAW is expanding walkouts with the goal of “keeping the automakers off balance by taking targeted action rather than a full strike at all operations.” UAW President Shawn Fain showed his appreciation to President Biden by saying “Thank you for coming to stand up with us in our generation’s defining moment.”