Updated Sep 22, 2023 - Economy

UAW to President Biden: "Join us on the picket line" as strike expands

UAW members and supporters rally at the Stellantis North America headquarters on Wednesday in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

After United Auto Workers on Friday invited President Biden to join the picket line in the union's strike against the Detroit Three automakers, and put the White House on the spot in the escalating dispute, Biden said he would go next week.

Driving the news: "We invite and encourage everyone who supports our cause to join us on the picket line from our friends and families all the way up to the president of the United States," UAW President Shawn Fain said on a Facebook Live broadcast. "We invite you to join us in our fight."

  • President Biden said Friday he'll picket alongside the United Auto Workers in Michigan next week.
  • Thousands of UAW employees continue to strike against General Motors, Ford and Stellantis.

What he's saying: "Tuesday, I'll go to Michigan to join the picket line and stand in solidarity with the men and women of UAW as they fight for a fair share of the value they helped create," Biden said Friday on X, formerly known as Twitter.

  • "It's time for a win-win agreement that keeps American auto manufacturing thriving with well-paid UAW jobs," he said.

Catch up quick: The UAW on Friday expanded its strike to include all 38 parts distribution facilities at General Motors and Stellantis — but not additional plants at Ford, where negotiators have made progress.

  • The work stoppage began a week ago when the union shut down a GM plant in Missouri, a Ford factory in Michigan and a Stellantis site in Toledo. Those plants will continue on strike.

The big picture: Biden has called on the automakers to deliver "record contracts" after earning "record profits" in recent years, but he also said after the strike began that the automakers had made "significant offers."

  • The union responded by saying "the White House is afraid" of its movement.
  • Biden wants the automakers to produce more electric vehicles to bolster his fight against climate change. The union says it wants more EVs, too, but that it's concerned it could lead to fewer unionized jobs.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional developments.

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