On Tuesday (26), the President of the United States, Joe Biden, participated in a picket with auto industry workers in Belleville, Michigan. He expressed support for the call for a 40% pay rise and said workers deserve “much more” than they are receiving.
y Biden marks the first time a US president has joined striking workers in modern history. The event took place one day before Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate in the 2024 elections, met with workers in the same sector, also in Michigan.
Recent polls indicate that Trump is ahead of Biden in the preference of the American electorate, reaching a difference of up to 10 points in some cases. The Republican candidate has a strong base in the white, working-class middle class, which has become the target of dispute among presidential candidates, especially in the context of strikes.
Biden’s unprecedented action took place at a General Motors parts distribution center, where he joined dozens of workers linked to the United Auto Workers union. These workers have been on strike for 12 days, involving employees from the three largest automakers in the country, known as the “Big 3 of Detroit”: General Motors, Ford and Stellantis (founded in 2019 from the union of Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot Citroën) . Biden spoke to workers using a megaphone, highlighting that companies were struggling but are now doing very well. He emphasized that workers also deserve to be doing as well as companies.