President Joe Biden recently praised the agreements reached between the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the Big Three carmakers. However, he also took the opportunity to criticize former President Donald Trump’s stance on promoting electric vehicles (EVs).
During a speech in Belvidere, Ill., where Chrysler and Jeep parent company Stellantis has agreed to reopen a plant, Biden highlighted the negative impact that Trump’s policies had on the auto industry. He pointed out that under Trump’s administration, six factories shut down across the country, resulting in the loss of tens of thousands of auto jobs nationwide. Moreover, Biden criticized Trump for being willing to let China dominate the future of EVs.
This ongoing debate between Biden and Trump regarding the auto industry has been escalating for weeks. When UAW members were on strike at Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis facilities, Trump held a rally at a nonunionized auto-parts manufacturer in Michigan. Interestingly, this rally coincided with Biden’s visit to a picket line to show support for UAW members.
During the rally, Trump accused Biden of adopting EV policies that would cripple the U.S. auto industry. However, Biden took the opportunity on Thursday to refute these claims and defend his stance.
It is evident that President Biden is committed to revitalizing and supporting the American auto industry while also prioritizing the advancement of EVs.
Going Electric: A Win for American Workers
During a recent speech, President Biden rebutted former President Trump’s claims that investing in electric vehicles would have disastrous consequences for the American automobile industry. Biden confidently asserted, “Well, like almost everything else he’s said, he’s wrong. You have proved him wrong.” Indeed, the agreements negotiated with the Big Three automakers have brought substantial benefits to American workers.
Key provisions of these agreements, which are currently in the ratification process, include impressive pay raises of 25% over the course of a four-year contract, along with cost-of-living adjustments. In addition, several wage tiers will be eliminated, leveling the playing field for all workers. Improved retirement benefits will also provide workers with greater financial security in their later years.
The contrast between Biden and his predecessor is stark. As Biden pointed out during his speech, “When you were in the middle of a fight, I stood and others stood with you shoulder to shoulder on that picket line. My predecessor went to a non-union shop and attacked you.” This clear show of support has not been forgotten by the workers.
Although recent polls may show Biden trailing Trump in five key battleground states, the president and his supporters received some positive news following off-year elections held across the country. Democrats emerged victorious in various states, despite President Biden’s lack of popularity. As one analyst astutely observed, his unpopularity “didn’t stop Democrats from winning.”
The future of the American automobile industry is unquestionably moving towards electric vehicles. With President Biden’s steadfast support and the strong alliances formed with the Big Three automakers, American workers can rest assured that their well-being and job security are paramount. Together, they have proven that investing in electric vehicles is not only beneficial for the environment but also a boon for the American workforce.