Auto workers are feeling the brunt of the divide between President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden in the battle for the White House. While both candidates have visited Michigan during the 2020 election cycle, the visits have done little to support auto workers who are facing a potential long-term strike.
The current Working In America: The UAW Election strike started on September 13 and may extend into the new year. With no end in sight, auto workers are searching for outside support, but so far Trump and Biden have done little to ease the tension.
President Trump visited Detroit on September 1. In his visit, he promised more favored trade deals worldwide, stronger unions, and a push for auto industry jobs. But since then, the president has kept quiet while tensions have risen between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler. He’s said nothing of the ongoing strike.
President-elect Biden also visited Detroit, but instead of taking a hard stance on the union negotiations he thanked the union leaders for their hard work. Although Biden expressed hope to bring both sides together, he did not make any promises.
The back-and-forth between President Trump and President-elect Biden isn’t helping auto workers who are girding for a long strike. Unless one of the two candidates takes a concrete stance on the issue, these auto workers will continue to struggle.
In the end, auto workers are being left behind in the divide between President Trump and President-elect Biden. In a year where every vote counts, auto workers need to know that both candidates have their best interests in mind before going to the polls in November.