(DCWatchdog.com) – Even as those are getting harder and harder for him to score, President Joe Biden has registered a win for his increasingly long-shot reelection campaign as he has just been endorsed for the 2024 election by the United Auto Workers union after a long period of hesitation.
See the video of the union’s Biden endorsement below!
United Auto Workers (UAW) President Shawn Fain revealed the decision to endorse Biden on Wednesday.
It follows a notable eight-month period during which the union had failed to make up its mind on its 2024 endorsement.
“Today, I’m proud to stand up here with your International Executive Board and announce that the UAW is endorsing Joe Biden for President of the United States. We will reelect Joe Biden,” Fain declared at a union conference in Washington, DC.
This declaration marks a pivotal moment for the union, which had previously refrained from endorsing the sitting president, even amidst a significant labor strike in Detroit, Michigan, last fall, National Review observes in a report.
Despite backing Biden in the 2020 election, Fain had earlier indicated that the UAW’s support was not guaranteed and would need to be earned in the current electoral cycle.
“Joe Biden has earned it,” he affirmed, acknowledging the president had made efforts to address the union’s concerns.
One of the main issues for the UAW was the automotive industry’s shift towards electric vehicles, which has potential implications for employment and wages in the sector.
Electric vehicles, requiring less assembly than their gasoline counterparts, could lead to factory job reductions and lower salaries.
In May, Fain mentioned that the union would withhold its endorsement until Biden directly addressed these concerns.
Biden’s involvement in the auto workers’ picket lines during their 46-day strike in September played a significant role in allaying the union’s apprehensions, the report notes.
Before endorsing Biden, Fain was openly critical of Donald Trump, describing him as a “scam” and someone who lacks a genuine connection with the union’s grassroots members.
“He did nothing, not a damn thing, because he doesn’t care about the American worker. Donald Trump stands against everything we stand for as a union, as a society,” Fain said, accusing Trump of being indifferent to the American worker.
“This November, we can stand up and elect someone who stands with us and supports our cause, or we can elect someone who will divide us and fight us every step of the way,” the union leader concluded.
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