Pres. Biden to visit UAW Workers on Strike in Michigan

Published: Sep. 25, 2023 at 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - President Biden is traveling to Michigan on Tuesday to join striking United Auto Workers and show his support for them.

After an invitation from the UAW, President Biden will join the picket line in Wayne County, Michigan as the auto worker’s strike against the country’s three largest auto makers: General Motors, Ford and Stellantis.

“Tomorrow, what you’re going to see is is a historic. This is going to be a historic visit. And the president is going to continue to show his support,” said Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Press Secretary.

The details of where President Biden will be traveling in Michigan and who he is meeting with have not been released .

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee who’s been out on the picket line himself says the visit will provide some strength for the workers.

“It’s quite something for the president actually, to come to Michigan to be with workers during the midst of a strike,” said Rep. Kildee. “I don’t remember anything quite like that ever happening before. So it speaks to where the president stands. And I think that does provide some strength for the workers who are on the picket line.”

Some say that President Biden is just trying to get ahead ahead politically including President Trump, who is also traveling to meet with the UAW workers on Wednesday.

“It’s theater, It’s presidential reelection theater, and it’s strike theater. And this strike has been marked by a lot of theater,” said Erik Gordon, Business Professor at the University of Michigan.

But administration officials refute that.

“President Biden is doing what he has always done, which is to stand with American workers. He is proud of being the most pro-union, pro-worker president,” said Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation.