American auto workers, roughly 150,000 of whom belong to the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, are getting more and more upset with Democrats as President Biden pushes a green energy plan that will kill motor vehicle jobs and give billions to corporate leaders.
Former United Auto Workers President Bob King informed Politico this week that “UAW members are feeling abandoned by the Democrats,” citing the Democratic majority’s ongoing support for free trade policies that destroy jobs and Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which provides automakers and their top executives with billions of taxpayer subsidies.
“There appears to be a faction within the Democratic Party that prioritizes servicing corporate interests over the welfare of the general public. We’ve been through a lot of bad things,” King said.
Breitbart News has reported that Biden’s IRA is giving automakers a huge profit in the form of tax credits for electric cars (EVs) made in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
At the same time, a shift to electric vehicles (EVs) that are paid for by the government could put millions of American car workers out of work.
UAW President Shawn Fain, who has made sure that Biden doesn’t get the union’s support, has said that the green energy plan does nothing but move money to the top while automobile workers’ wages are cut.
“In this shift, workers cannot be left behind,” Fain stated last week:
“Twenty percent of the Big Three’s powertrain employees might potentially lose their employment if we switch from internal combustion engines over to battery energy in the future when it comes to the EV transition. Furthermore, you cannot claim that this is a fair transition if your pay will drop from $32 to $16 per hour.”
Following the closure of GM’s previous car assembly factory, Ultium Cells, an electric vehicle battery plant located near Lordstown, Ohio, was examined by the UAW in a recent study.
According to the UAW, employees at the Ultium Cells facility were paid around $16.50 per hour before receiving a raise to $20 per hour after seven years, compared to up to $30 per hour at the last plant. This means that the pay of auto workers in Lordstown has dropped by 45 percent.
A few weeks ago, the UAW worked hard to get pay raises for workers at Ultium Cells. As a result, workers got an extra $3 to $4 per hour and thousands of dollars of back wages.
Now, the United Auto Workers is warning the car companies in the U.S. that it is going to go on strike if certain requests are not met. For example, the UAW wants to make sure that workers get huge pay raises like the ones executives received.
“Over the past four years, the Big Three Executives have seen their pay climb by 40 percent, while our pay has increased by just 6 percent,” Fain stated this month.
In 2022, Mary Barra, the chief executive officer of General Motors (GM), made almost $29 million. This was 362 times more than the average GM worker made. There wasn’t always such a big difference in pay between leaders and workers.
The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) did a study this past year and found that business leaders now make about 399 times what the average worker makes. In 1965, they made about 20 times what the average worker made.
Fain said that Biden’s IRA can’t keep making the wage gap worse.
“Workers can’t afford to be overlooked in this equation since there are many aspects of the EV transition that must be completed and hundreds of billions of government funds are helping to finance them,” Fain told Politico.