When Joe Biden took office in January of 2021, little did he know that he was about to face an unprecedented moment of peril. The United Auto Workers (UAW) has announced plans to launch a nationwide strike, beginning in April of 2021. This strike could bring the automotive industry and the economy in general to its knees, possibly wiping out hundreds of thousands of jobs and costing billions of dollars.
The reasons for this strike are varied. UAW representatives cite a breakdown in collective bargaining negotiations between their union and the auto manufacturers. The union is requesting things such as job security and additional wages, but the manufacturers refuse to negotiate, claiming they are already providing a competitive package.
The news of a possible strike has sparked intense backlash from many including Biden. The President has warned both parties of the potentially disastrous economic consequences that could arise from a nationwide strike. One potential solution suggested by Biden is for the auto industry and the UAW to come together to get a deal done prior to a strike being launched.
Biden is not alone in his condemnation of a potential strike. Many politicians on both sides of the aisle have spoken out on the issue, expressing concern for its potential economic implications. Politicians must now decide whether or not to intervene and help facilitate talks between the auto industry and the union.
This strike could be a defining moment in Biden’s presidency. His ability to manage a situation like this could be a major factor in how successful his terms are in the long run. It is clear that, one way or another, Biden will be forced to act and face this moment of peril with the UAW.