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President Biden's support for UAW boosts rank-and-file confidence

Joe Biden U.S. President Joe Biden holds an event about the economy, at the White House in Washington

In a recent turn of events, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union has endorsed President Joe Biden for his re-election campaign. This endorsement comes as UAW leader Sean Fain met with the President, highlighting a potential shift in the divide between leadership and rank-and-file members.

The split between leadership and rank-and-file UAW members was evident in the 2016 election. However, Fain's leadership style and his record of successes seem to have resonated with the union's membership. It remains to be seen whether this endorsement will change the dynamics of the divide and unify the UAW behind President Biden.

One key factor that may influence the stance of rank-and-file UAW members is the record of President Biden during his first year in office. Congressman Dan Kildee of Michigan, a Democrat, points out that the rank and file witnessed four years of the Trump administration's policies, which did not deliver on their promises of revitalizing manufacturing jobs. In contrast, President Biden's policies have shown tangible results in bringing back these jobs, according to Kildee.

Moreover, Congressman Kildee highlights President Biden's support for union strikes aiming for fair wages. He cites an example where President Biden stood with the UAW during their recent strike, which led to the successful negotiation of an unprecedented contract. Kildee believes that these actions have resonated with UAW members across the political spectrum, as they will be benefiting from significant wage increases.

The UAW endorsement holds significant weight, as the union represents thousands of workers in Michigan, a key battleground state in national elections. A united UAW front in support of President Biden could potentially sway voters and solidify his position in the state.

While this endorsement is a positive development for President Biden, it is important to note that there are still divisions within the UAW and the broader labor movement. The recent meeting between the head of the Teamsters and former President Donald Trump signifies ongoing shifts in allegiances and support.

Ultimately, the impact of the UAW endorsement will be determined by the response of rank-and-file members. The UAW's endorsement adds to President Biden's arsenal of support in his re-election efforts, but it remains to be seen how significantly this will influence the upcoming election season. As Michigan's congressional representatives continue to advocate for the state and its workers, the country will be watching closely to see how these endorsements and divisions play out in the political landscape.

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